UP’s new Chief Minister’s connection with Mangalore’s Kadri Math..

The media is rife with discussion on the new UP CM. It is just too early and we need to wait to see what happens there.

Keeping politics aside, one came across this article in today’s ToI which is really interesting. It says how the new CM is a key player in appointing head of Kadri Math in Mangalore

I was once told how Pashupathinath temple in Nepal is managed by Brahmins from South India. I checked and was amazed. It is really fascinating how temples are governed not just in India but outside too.

Back to Mangalore:

Yogi Adityanath’s appointment as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has put the Kadali Sri Yogeshwar (Jogi) Math here in a celebratory mood. For, he’s central to the affairs of this math which is about 2,000km from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Yogi Adityanath is the Mahant of the Akhil Bharath Varshiya Awaduth Yogi Maha Sabha Bhek Bharaha Panth, which elects the head of the Mangaluru Jogi Math once in 12 years. The seers of 12 sects elect the Mangaluru Math ‘Raja’ in Triambakeshwar (near Nashik) during the kumbh mela in the presence of Bharaha Panth’s office-bearers.

Last year, the Panth elected Sri Yogi Nirmalnath, of the Bairag sect, as the new ‘raja’ or matadhipati, to succeed Sri Sandhyanathji. The Kadali Math has a history spanning over 1,000 years. Only seers from the Bairag, Kaplani, Nateshwari and Ganganath sects are eligible to become the matadhipati. Each sect gets its turn after 48 years.

Natha Pantha Karnataka secretary P Keshavanath said: “It’s a matter of pride and joy that a person from the Natha Pantha is heading the largest state of the country. We’ll draw up plans to celebrate his elevation as CM when the Pantha committee members meet on March 26.”

Keshavanath said: “He is central to this math’s affairs since the panth headed by him elects the next Raja of the Kadali Math here. He has a say in the running of all the Maths. Whoever gets the maximum number of approvals is chosen to head a particular math.”

There is more here.

There is mo much similarity when we think about representing regional affairs in regulation and governance (like Federal Eeserve). We appoint members based on rotation just like it has been happening in religious bodies for so many years.

We are just so clueless about all such temple matters.  How are India’s many temples run? What are the migration linkages as seen in Pashupatinath temple?

Temples have been central to economics historically. They were the first such economic (and political) institutions if one may call them. Their governance matters will be really interesting to figure..


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