Mangalore, September 29: Symbolising a reform in our society was observed at Kudroli Gokarnatheshwara temple, in Mangalore on Monday, September 29th where two Dalit (scheduled caste) women priests were appointed to perform the pooja.
The pada (feet)- pooja of the two women priests was performed after which they were allowed to perform pooja (worship) to the deity based on the formulations of Bramha shree Narayana Guru Swamy. This revolutionary step is considered as the milestone in eradicating social inequalities.
Two woman priests under the guidance of former central minister B. Janardhana Poojary performed puja to the deity on Monday afternoon. Laxmi(65), resident of Chilimbi and Chandravathy(46), resident of Kuthar in Mangalore performed puja to the lord Gokarnatheshwara.
Responding to this at a press meet on Monday, the former central minister B.Janardhan Poojary said according to the order of Narayana Guru Swamy, two women priests from the scheduled caste have been appointed as the archakas.
Centuries ago, social reformer Brahmashri Narayana guru had built this temple when dalits were not allowed to enter the temples. Under the leadership of Janardhana Poojary revolutionary step of performing puja by the widows was initiated last year.
We are all the children of the almighty. We all are eligible to devote the god irrespective of our clan, caste and creed. Hence the two widows who have come forward to serve the almighty have been permitted to perform pooja to the deity according to the rules formulated by Shree Narayana Guru Swamy in this sanctum.