Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dalit priest prevented from entering temple
CHENNAI: It has been more than a decade since Nagamuthu has been climbing the hill to perform pooja at the Kailasanathar temple in T Kallupatti village in Theni district. No one raised an objection to a dalit performing pooja at the temple till it got a facelift four months ago. On May 5, 2012, non-dalit members of the temple committee told Nagamuthu not to come to the temple as some devotees were unhappy with the pooja being performed by a dalit. When Nagamuthu questioned the decision, he was allegedly beaten up. For Nagamuthu, the issue in fact began a couple of years ago.

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