Feb 22, 2016

Yogi Nirmalnath of Bairag sect all set to become 'Raja' of Kadali Math

Jaideep Shenoy
Times of India
February 22, 2016

Mangaluru: Kadali Sri Yogeshwar (Jogi) Math is all set to get its new 'raja' or matadhipati in the Sri Yogi Nirmalnath. He will take over reigns of the math that has a history spanning more than 1,000 years, for a 12-year-period on March 7, from his predecessor Sri Sandhyanathji. Tradition has it that while seers belonging to all 12 sects of Nath Panth select the raja, only seers from Bairag, Kaplani, Nateshwari and Ganganath sects are eligible to become the matadhipati.

Senior Vedic scholar Vittal Das tanthri will lead the religious rituals of the anointing ceremony known as Paryaya Raja Pattabhisheka that is held once every 12 years. The seers of the 12 sects select the 'Raja' in Triambakeshwar (Nashik) during the Kumbh Mela in the presence of office bearers of Akhil Bharath Varshiya Awaduth Yogi Maha Sabha Bhek Bharaha Panth. Each of the four sects gets its turn after 48-years. The incoming 'Raja' is from the Bairag sect.

Accompanied by a troupe of more than 500 seers, the 'Raja' elected during the Kumbh Mela traverses a distance of more than 1,100-kms from Nashik to Mangaluru by foot. This navanath zhundi yatra takes these seers about six months to do so. The 'Raja' carries with him the 'Patra Devata' which is worshipped by him not only through the length of the zhundi yatra - twice every day, but also during the tenure of 12 years as the matadhipati of Kadali Math.

H K Purushottam, president of paryaya committee said the zhundi yatra starts on the day of nagara Panchami from Nashik and reaches Kadali Math about 10-days prior to Shivarathri. During this place, the zhundi halts at 92 places, including 17 maths. The zhundi consisting of Sri Nirmalnathji and other seers will enter the city at Kottara Chowki on February 26 and pass through all major thoroughfares of the city including Kadri Manjunatha temple before reaching the math.

P Keshavnath, convener of publicity committee said several cultural and spiritual programmes have been lined up at the mutt premises from February 26 up to March 7. A horaekanike procession will be taken out from Mangaladevi Temple to the mutt on February 28 and traverse via Kankanady, Mallikatte, and Manjunatha Temple. The incumbent matadipathi Sri Sandhyanathji and his successor will be felicitated at a function to be held on March 6, Keshavnath said.


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