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Entry of non-Hindus & Dalits into Hindu Temples


By Sulaiman Razvi

Hindus claim that they are very tolerant, but there are several temples where entry of non-Hindus is prohibited. Hindus likes to insult others but they never look at the mirror, they never accept their faults. Not just non-Hindus but even Dalits are barred from entering the temple and this has scriptural sanctions. And this is happening in a secular country, and Hindutvadis wants to establish Ram Rajya through Hindu Rashtra. Women too are victim of this Hindutva intolerance, Women were denied entry and beaten up at Nashik’s Trimbakeshwar temple by priests, a woman activist was assaulted when she entered Mahalaxmi Temple in Kolhapur, She said that some people tried to kill her, There was a huge drama after court allowed entry of women into Sabarimala temple, thousands of Hindus came on the streets to protest against the verdict, many threatened mass suicide if women enters the temple. Here is a short list of temples which bars entry of non-Hindus in temples,

Guruvayur Temple, Kerala

Jagannath Temple, Puri

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi

Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar

Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala

Kapaleeswarar Temple, Tamil Nadu

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu

Kamakshi Amman Temple, Tamil Nadu

Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu


Shankaracharya, Puri king oppose entry of non-Hindus in Jagannath temple

Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati and Gajapati King Dibyasingha Dev, who is considered the first servitor of Jagannath, have expressed opposition to allowing entry of non-Hindus into the Puri temple

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad too has strongly opposed the entry of people of non-Hindus into the 12th century shrine…

Entry to all into Sri Mandir violating the age-old tradition of Sanatan religion is not acceptable to us, Shankaracharya Swami Nischalanda Saraswati of Govardhan Peeth, one of the four cardinal mutts, said in a release.

Row over Christian Jagan’s visit to Hindu shrine at Tirumala

Many other major Hindu temples have this practice in some form where non-believers need to given some undertaking.. At the Meenakshi temple in Madurai and at the Pasupatinath temple in Kathmandu, boards are placed ahead of the sanctum sanctorum, debarring non-believers beyond that point.

Former Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s son and rebel Congress leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s visit to Hindu shrine Tirumala on Wednesday as part of his by-poll campaign has evoked controversy in Andhra Pradesh. As Jagan Mohan Reddy is a practising Christian and reportedly he denied Temple authorities plea to sign affidavit confirming his faith on Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity in Tirumala, it has led to lot of criticism from almost all political parties.



Dalits not allowed to enter Temples

Not just non-Hindus but even Dalits are barred from entering several temples in Secular India. Shankaracharya Swami Nischalanda Saraswati said that Dalits must not be allowed into temples, also said that Shastras do not allow entry of Dalits into temple.



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