Some temples in K'taka give marijuana as prasadaPosted by On

BELAGAVI: As police crack down in many parts of the state arresting drug-peddlers and destroying marijuana cultivation in the wake of the Sandalwood drug racket, many are not aware marijuana is sacred in some temples of North Karnataka.
Among Sharana, Aruda, Shaptha and Avadhuta traditions, devotees prefer to consume marijuana or ganja in various forms, believing it is a means to achieve enlightenment.
In Mouneshwara temple at Tinthini, Yadgir district, a large number of devotees gather during the annual fair in January. Devotees who come here receive a small packet of ganja as prasada which they smoke after praying to Mouneshwara or Manappa. Gangadhar Nayak, a member of the temple committee, said ganja is widely used here.
‘Ganja an agent that assists meditation’
The usage is traditional as Mouneshwara introduced it (marijuana) to people. The devotees and saints believe this sacred grass shows the path to enhancing knowledge of spirituality,” he said. Nayak denied the temple…

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