Thursday, June 10, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalits build their own temple in Kendrapara

Dalits build their own temple in Kendrapara
Updated on Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 18:36 IST

Mahalaxmi temple inside the 300-year-old Baldevjew temple is now
complete. It was the singular effort of the fishermen community here
that 47-feet sprawling temple has come up, Baldevjew endowment
officials said.

The works of the temple fully funded by the fishermen community moved
at a snail pace over the years.

Its foundation had been laid in 1927. Paucity of funds led to the
delay and finally its work is complete and has been readied for puja,
Brahmananda Behera, secretary of the temple building committee, said.

The temple would be opened for public darshan on 25 June. Puri
Gajapati Maharaja Dibya Singha Deb, would be the first devotee to make
his way to the temple, he said.

Unlike in other temples, the dalits have unrestricted access to the
temple and there is no caste-related bar on darshan here.

The traditional bar on entry of non-Hindus into the temple still
remains in force. The famous temple which draws thousands of devotees
everyday, was built during the reign of Marahatta subedars in this


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