Andhra Pradesh - Tirupati
Dalits all set to become priests
TTD's programme aimed at checking religious conversions
The TTD has so far trained 500 non-Brahmins in 'idol worship'
The programme is aimed at popularising sanatana Hindu dharma
Welcome change:Participants at the training programme conducted for
Dalits by the TTD in Tirupati on Tuesday.
TIRUPATI: After successfully conducting training programmes in
'priesthood' to Girijans (Scheduled Tribes) and Matsyakaras
(fishermen), the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has now turned
its eye to yet another socially-deprived section, the Dalits.
By strengthening the 'weak spiritual links' of the sections hitherto
uncared for, the TTD seeks to propagate 'Hindu tattva' among the
oppressed sections and wean them away from religious conversions. The
third batch of training classes in 'Idol worship' for members of the
Dalit community started at the Sri Venkateswara Employees Training
Academy (SVETA) premises, the TTD's training and development arm, here
Joint Executive Officer N. Yuvaraj, who inaugurated the programme,
addressed the trainees on the TTD's endeavour to draw the
socially-neglected sections back into the fold of spiritualism. He
exhorted them to focus not only on the religious aspects they were
learning, but also on social etiquette and a healthy living style, so
as to lead a life free of vices.
"The objective is to popularise and spread Sanatana Hindu Dharma and
inspire the weaker sections to become partners in its propagation",
Dr. Yuvaraj noted, appealing to the participants to take proper care
of the folk temples in their vicinity and involve the local community
in spreading the message of devotion.
SVETA Director Bhuman S.Reddy said that the number of non-Brahmin
'Archakas' trained by the TTD thus far was close to 500.
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