Over 550 devotees took part in the ritual which involves rolling on plantain leaves used by Brahmins for meals, under the belief that it will cure them of skin ailments. The ritual will be held for two more days.
Mujrai minister VS Acharya told TOI the decision by the district administration was hasty. ``Such decisions need to be taken only after proper consultations at appropriate levels. These (Made Made snana) are traditional rituals working on beliefs and we have no business coming in the way of those beliefs,'' he said.
Regarding would there be any change next year Acharya said: Even if any changes have to be made, there is a process (Asthamangala prashna). Hence it was decided to continue the tradition like last year. We are not going to start any new tradition. The old tradition, if it has to continue, will continue.
Asthamangala prashna is a thorough or detailed study to find out root causes of any problem and the remedy to it using numerology and astrology.
Regarding opposition to this practice from many quarters, Acharya shot back: Those people who don't believe (in the ritual) don't have any business to interfere - as they don't have any belief. They need not worry about it.
Role of the media, self proclaimed intellectuals in this regard is quite provocative!