‘Divine horse’ funeral in Belagavi sees hundreds, village is sealed

Belagavi, May 25 (IANS): Amid the raging pandemic, hundreds of people at Gokak taluk in Belgavi in ​​Karnataka defied all Covid security protocols to participate in the funeral of a ‘divine’ horse. Authorities have now acted to seal the village and test the residents.

The incident was reported on Sunday after the death of the horse of Maradi Mutt, a local religious institution.

Some Mathas belonging to various castes and communities in the northern region of Karnataka, have a habit of raising horses like some temples in Kerala behind elephants, like divine. Whenever such a horse is let loose by Mutt, the people who live nearby pray to the animal, while making offerings to it.

After images of several hundred people living in villages surrounding Maradi Matha flouting Covid standards went viral on local media, authorities have now woken up and decided to conduct an RT-PCR test on all residents from the village of Konnuru to Gokak taluk where the Mutt is located. located.

Gokak Tahsildar Praksh Huleppgol, under whose jurisdiction this village falls, told reporters that the state government had already ordered him to “seal the village” in addition to performing an RT-PCR test of all residents who live in Konnur.

“Local police have already gathered information on around 15 ‘influential figures’ from 15 villages who staged such a mammoth funeral procession of this horse,” he said.

A senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IANS that the real reason behind so many residents attending the horse funeral was that Mutt’s seers dropped this horse at midnight on Thursday allowing him to travel freely through the villages. and none accompanied him, thinking that his “free run” would definitively repel the Covid virus.

“After performing rituals, the horse was released at midnight and brought back to Matha on Thursday at 4 am, and died on Sunday. The locals in Matha just to get a final glimpse of “the divine horse, which sacrificed its life to protect the people from Covid,” the officer said.

The source added that this ritual was performed on the basis of astrological calculations and under the guidance of Sri Pavadeshwara Swami of Pavadeshwara Mutt, popularly known as Maradi Mutt.

People living here believe that this Mutt has miraculous power as the deity itself is known as “Pavadeshwara” (Miraculous God).

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