Differences between trustees, head priest lead to assault at Sigandur temple

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The Navaratri celebrations at Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple have begun with untoward incidents, following variations between the trustees and the principal priest of the temple.

Video clips displaying Subrahmanya Bhat, the youthful brother of principal priest Sheshagiri Bhat, assaulting an individual from the other camp led by S. Ramappa, the top of the belief, have gone viral throughout the State.

Chowdeshwari Temple located at Sigandur, on the backwaters of Sharavati, in Sagar taluk, is being managed by the household headed by Ramappa. Sheshagiri Bhat and his workforce take care of every day pooja and particular homas on the temple premises.

Lately, the temple has attracted devotees from completely different areas main to extend within the income.

The variations between the 2 factions got here to the fore after the federal government relaxed the lockdown to permit opening of spiritual locations. A dispute over sharing the income is claimed to be the explanation for the controversy. Ramappa and his followers allegedly took over the premises belonging to the priest in order that he couldn’t conduct particular poojas. There have been situations of heated arguments between two camps. Residents of space have been additionally divided on the difficulty. There have been protests supporting every camp. Many organizations have urged the State authorities to take over the temple. Former Minister Kagodu Thimmappa additionally issued an announcement supporting the demand for bringing the temple beneath Muzrai Division.

Following the incident of assault on Friday, Deputy Commissioner Ok.B. Shivakumar and different senior officers visited the temple on Saturday. The DC spoke to each Ramappa and Sheshagiri Bhat.

The DC informed reporters he has instructed the Assistant Commissioner of Sagar subdivision to file a report on the monetary transactions of the temple inside per week. The standing report could be despatched to the State authorities.

When The Hindu reached Sheshagiri Bhat’s place to hunt his response, his relations mentioned he had gone to a hospital as he had a fever. An individual near the principal priest, on the situation of anonymity, mentioned Ramappa was not permitting the priest to carry out Chandi Homa as a part of Navarathri. “The belief just isn’t permitting us to carry out homas that we’ve been doing for years. Solely relations are within the belief. We would like there to be a belief involving native individuals, not one household,” he mentioned.

Nevertheless, members of the belief don’t assist this demand. Ravi Sigandur, one of many trustees and son of Ramappa, informed The Hindu that the belief couldn’t embrace others. “It’s a deity of our household. With many individuals within the belief, we can’t take fast selections and deal with pressing wants. Nevertheless, there is usually a coordination committee, which may recommendation us,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has expressed disappointment over the incidents on the temple. “Such incidents shouldn’t have occurred within the identify of deity,” he informed presspersons at Shikaripur on Sunday. On the demand for Muzrai Temple taking on the temple, the CM mentioned he would talk about the difficulty with Deputy Commissioner of Shivamogga and others.

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