Amid tight police security the controversial Adda Pallakki — of carrying the Balehonnur Rambhapuri Jagadguru Veerasomeshwara Rajadeshikendra Shivacharya in a flower-bedecked gold and silver-plated palanquin — ceremony was conducted peacefully.

The swamis opposed to the Adda Pallakki ceremony, who were on hunger strike for the last two days in Gulbarga city, tried to burn in effigy the Rambhapuri Jagadguru, but was foiled by the police who were deployed in full strength. They performed the mock last rights of the Adda Pallakki and ended their hunger strike with a firm pledge to continue their struggle against the ceremony, which they termed as not only a violation of human rights, but also an indecent and demeaning practice.

The Adda Pallakki, which was originally to travel for about 3 km from the outskirts of Jewargi town to the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) market yard where the main function was held, was cut to around 250 m from the house where the Jagadguru was staying to the venue of the main function. Braving the blazing sun, thousands of frenzied devotees of the Jagadguru carried their beloved one on their shoulders in the palanquin for two-long hours to reach the main venue.

The swamis opposing the ceremony, including Sri Jayabasava Mrutunjeya Swami of Kudalasangama, Sri Siddalinga Mahaswamigalu of the Panchamsali Math, Sri Nagideva Sharanaru of Chalavadi Guru Peeta, Sri Gnanaprakash Urilinga Peddimath Mysore, Sri Shivananda Mahaswamigalu of Sonna Math in Gulbarga district, Chief of the Sulpul Math Mahanta Shivacharyaru and others, termed their agitation as the first victory against the “ indecent practice”, and said the government should take steps to ban it. They demanded that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should discuss the issue in the next Cabinet meeting and take a positive decision.

Jagadguru of Kedar, Bhimashankar Linga Shivacharya, took part in the ceremony at Jewargi town.

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