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Dalit community gets opportunity to enter 200-year-old temple in TN’s Kallakurichi for first time

People of the Dalit community got the chance to enter the 200-year-old Varadharaja Perumal temple in Chinnasalem town of Kallakurichi district in Tamil Nadu for the first time during Vaikuntha Ekadashi this year.

By wasmulhaq 
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Chennai: People of the Dalit community got the chance to enter the 200-year-old Varadharaja Perumal temple in Chinnasalem town of Kallakurichi district in Tamil Nadu for the first time during Vaikuntha Ekadashi this year.

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The scheduled caste (SC) people were not permitted to enter the temple for the past 200 years. Despite numerous protests over the years, no permission was given to Dalits to enter this temple and pray.

However, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department gave instructions to district collector Shravan Kumar and another official, indicating that the temple was under their management and they were allowing authorities to admit Scheduled Caste people into the temple..

Following that, on the auspicious Vaikuntha Ekadashi on Monday, the Dalits of the village entered the temple.

To prevent any unpleasant situations, nearly 300 police personnel were stationed in the vicinity. Joyful locals marched into the temple with drums and prayed.

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In Tamil Nadu, there have been two similar incidents in the past ten days. Collector Kavitha Ramu and other authorities had earlier brought members of the scheduled caste to the Ayyanar temple in the Vengaivayal village of Pudukottai.

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