Udupi: The Pejawar Math pontiff Sri Vishweshateertha Swamiji, at a press meet on Sunday, October 14, pleaded with the seer of the Subrahmanya Math to call off his protest fast and said that he would meet with the seer after the Navaratri celebrations.
Once the Navaratri celebrations over I will go to Subrahmany and speak to all concerned with temple as well as Mutt in order to solve the problem.
Lamenting the seer's decision to go on a hunger strike, he said that it was unfortunate and that it pained the seers of the Ashta Maths.
The recent controversy between the Kukke Subrahmanya Math and the temple is the result of the government’s intervention. The seers are worried and are trying their best to negotiate and find a solution to the problem, he said.
Speaking about the government's intervention, the Pejawar seer said that the temples should function independently and that the government should not interfere in the functioning of the Kukke Subrahmanya Math. The temple and the Math should cooperate with each other, he added.
"It is up to the devotees as to where they want to offer prayers. They can do it either at the Math or at the temple. This will be more convenient for the devotees. Both the temple and the Math are Hindu worship places. Rituals like Ashlesha bali and Sarpa Samskara are performed at both places for the sake of the devotees. The two should have cordial relations between them," the Pejawar Swami said.
It is sad that the water connection to the Math has been cut off and is an unnecessary annoyance to the Subrahmanya Mutt seer. The temple administrative board should convince the seer to drop his hunger strike immediately," the seer added.
To a query on the appointment of a seer to the Shiroor Math, the Pejawar seer said the process was underway and that the Sode Vadiraj Math seer was searching for a suitable candidate to be the next Shiroor pontiff.
When asked about the controversial Sabarimala verdict, the seer said that he does not have any comment on the matter. "It was the Supreme Court's judgment. Women can go to other temples also. Different temples follow different traditions. We will not interfere in this regard," he said.
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