Puttige Seer must not perform pooja in Krishna Mutt: Ex-seer

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Bangalore, Dec 22 (UNI) Puttige Mutt Seer Sri Vibhudesha Teertha Swamiji should not perform pooja at Udupi Shri Krishna Mutt, Mr S L Rao, a former swamji of the Mutt, today said.

Sri Vibhudesha Teertha Swamiji taking over the reins of Shri Krishna Mutt in the coming 'Paryaya' had kicked up a raging controversy with other seers of the 'ashta' (eight) mutts opposing his ascendancy.

They termed it as 'unethical' as he stepped on foreign land when he toured the US some time ago. Puttige Mutt in Udupi is one of the 'ashta' mutts.

In a statement here, Mr Rao, who was also an erstwhile mutt chief, gave up the 'Peetha' in 1969 to pursue his own interests.

He had entered 'Sanyasaahsrama' at the age of 13 and performed Krishna Pooja from 1954-1956. He gave up 'Peetha' to lead a routine life and handed over reins to Shri Vidyamanya Teertha of Palimar Mutt.

''To uphold the sanctity of the mutt, I along with another sanyasi from Sirur Mutt, who has also given up the reins to uphold the sanctity, have given up our ashrama names and are now called by our original names.

''Even Vidhyabhushana of Kukke Subramanya Mutt also gave up his position few years back and is leading a routine life,'' he said.

Mr Rao said he had been reading in media that Puttige Mutt Chief wanted to take over reins of Krishna Mutt in the upcoming 'Paryaya.' ''We feel that it is next to impossible to stay pious upon one's visit to US as living and weather conditions there do not permit you to live so,'' he felt.

He would second the opinion of 'ashta' mutts his visit was uncalled for. He was pained to hear this and request Sri Vibhudesha Teertharu to give up his stand and depute his junior to perform the pooja at Udupi Shri Krishna Mutt.

UNI

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