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Mangalore: Widow priests at Kudroli Temple not missing, but on leave - Janardhan Poojary


Mangalore: Widow priests at Kudroli Temple not missing, but on leave - Janardhan Poojary
 
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore
 
Mangalore, Oct 28:
In the wake of a report in a Kannada newspaper which claimed that the two newly-appointed widow priests at Kudroli Shree Gokarnanatheshwara Temple had been 'missing', former union minister Janardhan Poojary on Monday October 28 clarfied that the two widow priests had asked leave for ten days after Dasara celebrations and had not gone missing as claimed.

Addressing media persons on Monday October 28 at the temple premises, Poojary, who is also the managing trustee of the temple committee, said, "We heard various statements in the media and by people that the widow priests had gone 'missing', which is not true. The two priests had asked leave for 10 days and were back on duty last week. As I have said long back, these two priests do not have any restrictions and they can come and go anytime they wish.
 
"We have not put any restrictions on these two widow priests and we will not do so in future. They are welcome to perform puja in others places too if they so wish," said Poojary.
 
Reacting to complaints by devotees that they will not accept Prasadam if the priests do not perform the puja properly, Poojary said, "It is sufficient if the devotee prays with full devotion to god. He or she does not need a mediator."
 
On statements by some people that Poojary does not consult the temple management while taking decisions, he said, "It is true, as said earlier. To bring about a change for the good, I took this decision and no member of the management committee is against the appointment of widows as priests. They have accepted my decision. The whole world has praised this initiative.
 
"No discrimination on the basis of religion, caste or creed will be done in this temple as we have openly accepted the principles of Sri Narayana Guru. We have given full freedom to the newly-appointed widows to perform Puja. So far, one woman has come forward to be a priest and we are training her. Whoever wants to come is welcome, and we will give the training," he added.
 
With the aim of giving importance to women, Poojary also asked chief minister Siddaramaiah to appoint women, especially widows, to offer puja in all the 36,000 temples across the state.
 
Temple management committee members H S Sairam, Harikrishna Bantwal, Padmaraj among others were present.


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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 2 2013

    Jp is becoming more of a laughing stock. Please stop stunts in temple,for u it's a political place, for us it's
    A temple we come to pray to lord gokarnanatha not see your nonsense. Community elders please guide him

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  • Arya , Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 30 2013

    Dayye pojjary le Devasathana da maryyade deppu vaar encha malthad. By doing all this nonsense work, which is against society, do not dream of getting ed as MP in parliament... its not 1947, people will think twice before electing you.

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  • P.B. Amin, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 29 2013

    u r absolultly right.

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  • Prashanth, Manjeshwar

    Tue, Oct 29 2013

    Why Mr. Poojary is addressing as 'WIDOW PRIEST' why not PRIESTESS ????? Who is making discrimination in the society????

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  • Mona, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 29 2013

    Janardhana Poojary's condradictory speaches :
    1). WIDOWS will perform pooja. (Excessive use of word WIDOWS).
    2). They have 4 months training. Just having faith in heart is enough for pooja. (Shift in contents in a single speach).
    3). They can perform any rituals as Chandikayaga (with just faith in heart - no need to recit vedic hymns).

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  • mahesh, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 29 2013

    Dr. Shankarnarayan, Abu Dhabi/Mangalore
    You are 100% correct.
    This Poojari is playing politics in disguise and sentiments of Devotees.

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  • ashwin shetty, sharjah

    Tue, Oct 29 2013

    poojaari,, nimma maneya pooje athava maduve evarannu ettu maadi...and proove it.  there is something required to become a church priest or mulla or a temple priest. U cant say anyone as priest.

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  • Bola Pujari, Parkala

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    I appreciate the comment by Vinay, though the move can be appreciated, it will be a total failure. Can you expect them to perform a "Chindika Homa"? Can you entrust them to do a "Pavamana Homa" ? Whether a person would like to sip the thirtha given by those priests without doing strict adherence to the rituals? At least they should have some good personality, voice modulation, know how to chant vedic mantras. Don't you think like that?priests look like ghosts!

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  • Dr. Shankarnarayan, Abu Dhabi/Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Mr. Janardhan Poojary don't try to force your thoughts to the devotees in the form of revolution. Don't enforce rationalistic ideas into the worship place. No common man will tolerate this foolish ideas. In our Hindu culture we look for auspicious days and time to conduct ceremonies like marriage.
    Nobody does any good thing in Rahu kala or bharani, krthike likewise nobody will agree to conduct marriage by Widow priests. These are all religious sentiments followed since ages. Even in pre independent days the British have never touched religious sentiments. So please don't try your stunts in worship place

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  • sg, india

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    this is the only work of poojari i truly appreciate

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Mr.Poojary..This is not SAALA MELA...You can't force your opinion on devotees...

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    ಅರೆಗ್ ಅರ್ದ ಮಂಡೆ ಬೆಚ್ಛ ಜೊಸೆಫೆರ್ನ್ ಪಿರಮಿಡ್ ಪದ್ಯ ಓದುದ್

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  • vinay, mangalore

    Tue, Oct 29 2013

    hahahahahaha......Sariyadu pandar.....

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  • whatever, manipal

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    poor Mr.Poojary feel bad for him.Appreciate his concerns for women in society,but approach was pretty pathetic.You cannot thrash people/society/sanskrit/tradition this way and then tell i am going to use sanskrit for pooja and rituals such as chandika homa.Just like you can't be a deacon/pastor of the church or Imam/Maulana of a mosque in 4 mths training the same goes with vedic/hindu rituals and worship.Anybody can do a aarthi to the lord but if you are talking about being a priest of a temple you have to be trained well,probably for 10-12 yrs.Training women is a good thing but Mr.Poojary done it fast for political stunt and popularity i feel.The women may have felt ignorant in front of the huge gathering not knowing the fundamentals of day to day worship.

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  • Shridhar, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    All revolutionary ideas are ridiculed in the beginning, but if it is allowed take root slowly it gets accepted...

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  • Jerald Lobo, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    ಮಾನ್ಯ ಜನಾರ್ಧನ ಪೂಜಾರಿ ಯವರೇ ತಲೆ ಬಿಸಿ ಮಾಡ್ಕೊಲ್ಬೇಡಿ, ನನ್ನ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಇಬ್ಬರಿಗೂ ಒಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ರಜೆ ಯಾಕೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟ್ರಿ ? ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ...

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Mlore-SHj

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    This guys does only two things in life. One is vote bank politics, another is temple politics.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    We did not hear so far any negative news regarding Kudroli temple the priests and the worship what so ever which follows the principles of 'Shri Narayana Guru'. Sometime it is the man made problems to an extent "GOD' is everywhere we see him in different forms and pray accordingly and he who sees us equally and never differentiate either.

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  • Jagdish, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Mr Poojary there is no need to take tension for this as the things were going fine in Kudroli temple before and now also its going fine. Kindly advise your party newly elected representatives to concentrate to work more on development of mangalore city which is in tortise shape now. Please remember we are not in late 1940s or 1960s now. At present the things are not like before. At present people expect good roads, uninterrupted electricity supply, continuous water supply and more employment opportunities which our mangalore city is lacking at present. Kindly work towards such things instead of making hue and cry for silly matters. All the best to you.

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  • Raj Shetty, UAE

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    E jananak daaye himse korapar maare? Hinduism entertains all types of rituals and worship , but hindu society which was following some superstitions restricted such things like madi- mailige higiness, Subah sakuna good sign, and many. may be in olden days it had some meaning like castism, but today if some body interested to do pooja they should allowed and they at same time they should know all the procedures,in north india at many temples people irrespective of male or female, irrespective of cast(today) are allowed to do poja directly, priests just assists them.

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  • DOMANNA POOJARY, MANGALORE

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    ಪೂಜರ್ಲೆನ ಮಂಡೆ ಬೆಚ್ಚ ಅರೆಗ್ ಮಾತ್ರ ಗೊತ್ತು ಉಂಡು...
    ಪಾಪ ಇಥಿನ ಕೂಜಲ್ ಥಲೊಂದು ಉಂಡು..
    ನಿದ್ರೆಲ ಬುರುಜಿ
    ಪಥ್ ದಿನ ಅರೆಗ್ಲ ರಜೆತ್ತ್ ಕಢಪುಡ್ಲೆ

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  • Suresh, MANGALORE

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Sari Pandar, Areg retirement age aathend.. retire malpule.

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  • sid, mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    poojary has time for press conference for each and every tiny issue but no time for peoples problem

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  • RR, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Yenchina avasthe maarre....Yaan ithortula mer tarekk kai deethina toothuji....ottrashi mande bechhada bera aand.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Appreciate Sri.Poojari's initiative
    of bringing widows into the mainstream.The fan fare was un- necessary,but.
    His intentions are to be applauded.
    However the process should be studied more studiously and continuous and not a one time affair. The society should support this wholeheartedly. This support should come from within and without any selfish motives.

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  • Bhaskar Acharya, Shirva

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    1. Very improper/rude to call
    them WIDOW.
    2. Who is training them?
    3. Why only in 36,000 temples? Why
    not in all worship places?

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  • Karuna, Dubai/Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Ereu thane rajettu popujare.Mattergala kussi awu, eru rajettu ponda.

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  • DS, UAE

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    “Donne Korudu pettu thinni”

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    If a Press meet to be called for such matters,it means there is more what the eye meets.It appears they feel insuled by people in the town not inviting them to perform marriages,inaugaration of new business units,foundation stone laying ceremonies and other auspecious occasions for performin poojas.Give them oppertunities,let them come out of four walls and see the world at least......

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  • Achhu, Mlore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    C K DAYANANDA
    Rightly said... He does't care about poor.. I never support him in my life

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  • flower, mangalore l dubai

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Janardhan Poojary.....dayege thare becha malpunu ...?

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  • C K DAYANANDA, MANGALURU

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    In stead of doing cheap gimmicks, let Shri Pujari fight for getting justice to rape victims like Soujanya.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Poojariji, like we never took anything serious whenever people like you make any statement, you too don’t take it serious when people say something. Any changes in Society or Corporate Sector take some time to settle down with the new system. Good or bad, results will be known only when we apply it practically. But practically as adopted rituals, Head Priest can’t take leave as & when he or she wants unless they can’t enter the “Garbha Gudi” because they should not be casual in their job approach

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  • Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Poojary mande becha manporchi, iruveregla oraane daaye reje koriyar ?

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Good Initiative by Poojary. I hope widows will keep performing pooja in Kudroli Temple

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  • Surendra Bantwala, Bantwala

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Arena Mande becha areg papa..Janakuleg Kusal athend.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Mande Bechha Correct. Aanda Bechha Daaye? Priest Balthinekka Athh Janokulu Pandinekka?

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Eena Ajjargla Eethanda..
    ..............sirf char din..

    Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu...

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  • Surendra Bantwala, Bantwala

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Mr.Bollu, Artha athiji? Hindi ya Tuluva..

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    suru...
    Eeraga Aarth Aapuena Bodchee..
    Eeraga Aarth Aad Dada Malpare Oond..??

    chhod de aaj yeh duniya yeh zamin..

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  • For Justice, Abu Dhabi / Ubar

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    ಈ ಮೀಡಿಯದಕ್ಲು ಎನ್ನ ಮಂಡೆ ತಿನೊಂದುಲ್ಲೆರತ್ತ ! ಬೊಡ್ಚನ್ದಪ್ಪ ಎನ್ಕ್ ...

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Onjaa...'Pandadah Raje' means 'Said Leave'....

    Ijaa..... Panandhe Padraad means ..'Not telling -Simply Running'....

    Radet Onji... Out of 2, One-O.K.?

    Simple Calculation......

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  • Sujith Nayak, Kudla / Auh

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Every time Poojari does something different and ends up as a laughing stock.

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  • vinay, mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    It’s nice to see that someone is trying to bring about some change in the society. But I doubt if society is prepared to accept such a change. Fact is that the people who might embrace such changes rarely visit temples and people who regularly visit temple are traditional people who don't want to change.
    I agree that Widows shouldn't be treated as inauspicious. But for that they need not be priests in temple.
    Widows are not treated as they used to be 20 years ago. Now-a-days we treat them with respect even though don't involve them in certain rituals/customs. All of us do take their blessings during marriage or any other religious ceremony. I see that they are treated with great respect if they are elders. Is it not the case?
    Yes, it is true that, the person who is performing pooja in temple should know the “Mantras” and his/her mind/soul should be clean. Temple/Church/Mosque/any other holy places where go to pray is having peace. That’s the reason we are going there. Otherwise we could have sit at home and pray there itself.
    As per devotees, these priests were performing only Aarati. Without knowing the mantras, What is the use of that?
    As Sarvajna said – “ What boots it to walk round the holy shrine mindlessly like a bullock ever bearing the yoke in an Oil Mill”.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Now Sri. BJP has to maintain an 'Attendance Register'...
    Keep track of Earned Leave, Paid Leave and all that...Had he bargained for this??

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  • Allen, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Mande bechha!

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  • joe, muscat mangalore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    R.Bhandarkar, M'lore
    swami, yenna hane baraha!!!
    eere yenna kapodu

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  • DINESH SHETTY, PADUBIDRI/DUBAI

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Why people are harrasing this poor
    chap.I cannot understand.See the
    last photo.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    What does the last photo suggest?
    Yenke 'Aaarthi' Derhther Athaa???

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    Mande bisi

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