Hindu temple breaks tradition

Hindu temple breaks tradition
The Vitthoba temple in Pandharpur, Maharash­tra.

The 900-year-old Vitthoba temple in Pandharpur, Maharash­tra, will create history when it appoints female priests.

Malaysia Nanban reported that the temple would also have priests from the "backward classes" to break the centuries-old monopoly of the brahmins.

"Rituals should be opened to all castes, especially non-brahmins," said Vitthal Rukmini Temple Trust (VRTT) chairman Anna Dange.

The VRTT had put out an advertisement, inviting applicants from all practising Hindus and women, well-versed in rites and rituals, for eight positions of priests.

The move came about following a Supreme Court judgment in January in a four-decade-old litigation, dismissing the claims of exclusive ancestral rights over the earnings and rituals at the temple by the Badve and Utpat families here.

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