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Mangaluru: Feb,2016: Shri Shri Nirmalnath ji, elected the new Peetadhipathi- of Kadali Yogeshwar Mutt, accompanied with Navanath sadhus arrived Friday (Feb,26,2016) to mangaluru City to participate , “The anointing ceremony of the new ‘Raja’of Kadali Yogeshwar (Jogi) Math on March 07,2016. ‘Paryaya Raja Pattabhisheka’, the ceremony is held once every 12 years. By tradition, the Raja is elected in Triambakeshwar (Nashik) during the Kumbha Mela.
“The anointing ceremony of the new ‘Raja’of Kadali Yogeshwar (Jogi) Math will take place at 9:25 AM in the Math premises on March 7.” Known as ‘Paryaya Raja Pattabhisheka’, the ceremony is held once every 12 years. By tradition, the Raja is elected in Triambakeshwar (Nashik) during the Kumbha Mela.
Seers belonging to the 12 sects of the Nath Panth (Nateshwari, Ganganath, Kaplani, Bairagi, Sathyanath, Ayi, Dhariyanath, Ramanath, Kanhadi, Maan-nath, Pagal and Dwaja) elect the new ‘Raja’ in the presence of the President and Vice-President of ‘Akhila Bharath Varshiya Awadhuth Yogi Maha Sabha Bhek Bharaha Panth’, the organization that regulates the affairs of the different Nath Panth Maths in India.
Only seers of Nateshwari, Ganganath, Kaplani and Bairagi sects are eligible to get elected as ‘Rajas’ of Kadali Math. Thus, each sect gets its turn after 48 years. The new ‘Raja’ belongs to the Bairagi sect.
Accompanied by a troupe of more than 500 seers, the ‘Raja’ elected during Kumbha Mela traverses a distance of more than 1100 km from Nashik to Mangaluru by foot (Navanath Zhundi Yatra), which takes about 6 months. The ‘Raja’ carries with him the ‘Patra Devata’ which is worshipped by him not only through the Zhundi Yatra, but also during his tenure of 12 years as Peetadhipati of Kadali Math. Zhundi Yatra starts on the day of Nagara Panchami from Nashik and reaches Kadali Math about 10 days prior to Shivarathri. During this period, the Zhundi halts at 91 places, including 17 Maths. In the Kumbha Mela of 2015, Yogi Shri Shri Nirmalnath has been elected as the new ‘Raja’ of Kadali Math.