The Prior said that he was a hermit and had no desires. Upon
this the Rajah had a special bowl and the first begging with that bowl done officially.
The grains thus collected were sent to the "Mahant" with the 'Patar' (bowl). A
general order was also issued that every house in the Sirmur territory should give the
prior a bowl full of grain at each harvesting.
This bowl is of copper, round and hollow
like a local measure of grains called 'Patha'. It is still sent by the prior round the
villages to collect grains and, in the days of princely rule, used to be regarded as the
royal warrant for the tax. As difficulty was felt in the speedy collection of the grains
by means of a single bowl, the prior has had three more similar bowls made and can now
send out four men at a time.
Tawarnath's successors are
"Sanyasis" (ascetics) though the "Jogis" (a particular sect, not
necessarily practicing "Yoga") who are also called "Naths," claim that
the institution originally belonged to them. The Ranas of the erstwhile States of Theog
and Balsan (included in Mahasu district) held the institution in great reverence and used
to send their occasional offerings.