Devotees of the math clash with supporters of the seer
DHARWAD: Just as it seemed that the issue of successor of Murugha Math here was inching towards a solution, the earlier seer of the math, who had quit on his own, tried to enter the math premises on Wednesday only to be sent out by the devotees.
The incident occurred a day after the devotees and several senior seers of the region decided to appoint Sri Mallikarjuna Swamiji of Mulagund as the next seer of Murugha Math. On Tuesday, chairman of the math’s trust committee Vinay Kulkarni announced that Sri Mallikarjuna Swamiji was the unanimous choice and he would be installed as the seer during the annual jatrotsava of the math to be held in January.
On Wednesday, the earlier seer Sri Shivayogi Swamiji, who quit in September, came to the math along with his followers.
However, some devotees and a few members of the trust committee prevented the swamiji from entering the room meant for the seer of the math.
This resulted in a clash between the supporters of the swamiji and the devotees of the math.
According to eyewitnesses, the supporters of the swamiji were manhandled by the devotees.
Even the swamiji was forcibly sent out from the math.
Mr. Kulkarni later told presspersons that the committee and the devotees had decided not to allow the earlier seer to enter the math as he had damaged its reputation. Virupakshappa S. Matti, a member of the trust committee, filed a complaint with the Dharwad suburban police alleging that the earlier seer and his supporters tried to enter the math forcibly.
They also tried to take away some documents after threatening the devotees, he said.
Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar told The Hindu that Sri Shivayogi Swamiji did not file any complaint, while a complaint against him had been filed.