In a rare gesture, the Sri Yogi Nareyana Math of Sreekshetra Kaiwara has rejected the grant of Rs. 1 crore released to it in the 2012-13 Karnataka budget, recognising it as an institution belonging to the Balija community. In release, the institution has said that the “Gurupeetha does not belong to any single community of caste.” The release adds that “people from all castes, communities, religions — including Muslims — are devotees of this Gurupeetha.” The Dharmadhikari of the math said: “We do not require financial assistance from the Government to our Sree Kshetra as all the financial requirements are met by the devotees.”

“We do not require financial aid from the Government as all requirements are met by devotees”