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India is changing! For the first time in 70 years, the Dalits of this village entered the temples

Tiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu): For the first time in nearly 70 years, Dalits offered prayers at their village temple on Monday in a village in this district of Tamil Nadu. Earlier the district administration “dominant castes” with “Peace Talks” Was done Amid tight police security and in the presence of top district and police officials, villagers belonging to the Scheduled Castes entered the temple premises with prayer garlands, flowers and other offerings. They praised and worshiped the deity with chants. This is Thenmudianur village of Thanandrampattu taluk in North Tiruvannamalai district and the place of worship is Muthumariamman temple.

The officials did not specifically mention that this is the first time that Dalits are visiting the village temple but the Scheduled Caste people said that they are entering the temple for the first time. Local people believe that the temple is 80 years old. The government said that it is 70 years old. Dalit resident C Murugan told reporters, “For almost 80 years, Dalits could not enter the village temple. The district officials, including the police officers, together have given us a new freedom to worship.

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District Collector B Murugesh said the temple is 70 years old and belongs to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department. He said, ‘All are equal under the Indian Constitution. There should be no discrimination in any matter. Murugesh said this was conveyed to those opposing the entry of Dalits and peace talks were initiated by the district authorities, which included police and revenue officials. According to him, eventually, the issue was resolved amicably and Dalits worshiped at the temple.

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