Court rules against high caste monopoly in temple affairs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 13:27
Thrissur: In a significant ruling, a local court has ordered the end of the two-century-old 'high caste' monopoly in managing the Thiruvambadi temple, a major partner in conducting the famous Pooram festival here.

In his order, Principal Munsiff N V Raju asked the temple authorities to open up membership of the temple general body and managing committee to all sections of Hindus belonging to Chirakkal, Angady and Poonkunnam areas without the caste-bar.

The order was issued yesterday on a petition filed by two persons -- K V Sadanandan and Kollara Ravindran -- seeking a decision to enable all Hindus of the area to be members of the temple committees.

The court declared as invalid the by-law of the shrine which restricted membership of the temple panels to 'high caste' members of Hindu society like Brahmins, Nairs and Ambalavasis.

The petitioners argued that discrimination based on caste or casteism was out of place in a democratic state. Reacting to the order, Thiruvambadi Devaswom President Prof M Madhavankutty said the future course will be decided after getting a copy of the judgement.

"We have been following the by-law of the temple drawn up some 200 years back. We will discuss what is to be done in the light of the court order," Madhavankutty said.

Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu Devaswoms were established by Sakthan Thampuran, a powerful ruler of Kochi princely state, over 200 years back.

The two temples have since then been main partners in the conduct of Pooram, the most spectacular temple festival of Kerala, renowned for its elephant parade, musical ensembles and fireworks.


First Published: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 13:21

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