Mangalore temple sets the finest example of ‘Non-Discrimination’ by appointing Dalit widows as priests for the first time
In a country like India, where caste prejudice is still rife, a Karnataka temple created history by appointing two Dalit widows as priests of the temple. This was not the first time that widows were being inducted as priests at the Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara Temple. But it was for the first time that 65-year-old Lakshmi and 46-year-old Chandravathi, both from the Dalit community were inducted.
Despite the country’s prohibition of the practice in 1995, Dalits, India’s lowest caste, still face widespread discrimination. In the circumstances like this, the overwhelming step of Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara Temple is noteworthy, that depicts a clear picture of a developing society.
This temple in Karnataka state’s coastal city Mangalore, was founded by social reformer Narayana Guru in 1912.