Jogi or yogi Math to hold Paryaya on Shivarathri
MANGALORE, FEB. 7. Over 300 sadhus belonging to the "Nath Panth" have arrived at Panambur on foot from Nasik to participate in the coronation ceremony of Raja Sandhya Nathji of Rajasthan, who will head the Jogi Math at Kadri for the next 12 years.
The ceremony will coincide with Shivarathri.
These sadhus started their journey from Nasik on August 5 after participating in the Thrayambhakeshwara Kumbh Mela.
The head of the Jogi Math, who belongs to the Nath Panth, a cult founded by the yogis — Machendranath and Gorakhnath — is changed every 12 years.
There are 12 sects in the Nath Panth, and only those who belong to one of the four select sects can head the Jogi Math at Kadri, which is also known as Kadali Yogishwar Math.
Like Kumbh Mela, the coronation ceremony of the head of the math is held in a grand manner. The present head of the math, Raja Mohan Nathji, will complete his term on Shivarathri.
Harinath Bondel, vice-president of the Paryaya Raja Pattabhiksheka Utsava Samithi, told presspersons here on Saturday that the sadhus would do "Pura pravesha" through Kottara Chowki on Monday. A warm welcome would be accorded to them. They would stay in the math till the completion of the coronation ceremony, he said and added that the sadhus, including some Hatha yogis, were currently camping near the Nandaneshwar Temple at Panambur. Mr. Bondel said various cultural and religious programmes and discourses would be held at Kadri from February 14 to 18. Mass feeding had been organised on Shivarathri. The former Chief Minister, M. Veerappa Moily, the district in-charge Minister, B. Ramanath Rai, the Mayor, K. Diwakar, N. Yogish Bhat, MLA, and political leaders would participate in the coronation ceremony.
He said the sadhus would select the next "Raja Guru" of Yogishwar Math based at Vitla in Bantwal taluk. The "Pattabhisheka" of the Raja Guru would also be held on the occasion.
Mr. Bondel said that of the 8,000 Jogi Maths in the country, 80 were in Karnataka. The Nath Panth in the State had over one lakh followers.
He said the sadhus had participated in the coronation ceremonies of the heads of other Jogi Maths. The Kadri Manjunatheswara Temple and the Jogi Math had close links with them. The founders of the Nath Panth had founded the Jogi Math at Kadri during their tour of the southern regions, he added.