The management of the temple recently announced that “everyone will in future be welcome”. Chairman of the temple committee, Jawahar Singh Chauhan, said:
“This region is on the path of progress. Our literacy rate has gone up and people want scenarios to change. It is a move taken with change in times”
Explaining why the traditions were in place for so long, Chauhan said, “Dalits are hesitant to enter the temple premises because of certain beliefs. We want to send them a message that everyone is equal before the Almighty and no one can be stopped from entering a place of worship.”
A Parshuram temple in Uttarkashi. myyatradiary
The temple authorities said that there will be no more slaughter of animals of any kind.
Earlier, protests were also held condemning these traditions and a Dalit delegation led by BJP MP Tarun Vijay also met the state minister for Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh and sought his intervention to put an end to the discrimination.
A child rings the bell in a temple Gettyimage
In an another end to a discriminatory practice this year, the world-famous Shani Shingnapur temple appointed Anita Shetye, a housewife, as the chairperson of the temple trust.
The Shani idol in the Shani Shingnapur temple Shanidev
Supreme Court will hear the case and had earlier questioned the ban saying it is a public temple and everyone needed to have the right to access.
Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala in Kerala barandbench