GSB mutt guru appoints temple priest's son as successor

  • | Saturday | 11th February, 2017

The elderly head of their religious mutt appointed his successor at an initiation ceremony in Cancona, Goa.Srimad Vidyadhiraj Teertha Vader Swami chose 21-year-old Uday Bhat Sharma , the son of a modest temple priest as his nominee. He took Uday Bhat under his wing to train him for the task. The present head Srimad Vidyadhiraj is 72.At an elaborate ceremony at the mutt headquarters in Goa Thursday morning, 'Shishottam' Uday Bhat took on the new name of Vidyadheesh Swami. Common priests can marry and raise families, but the head of the mutt must remain celibate lifelong and sever relations with his parents, siblings and relatives. MUMBAI: A section of the GSB community celebrated the start of a new era Thursday.

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