Women entering temples as priests under Dravidian model, says Stalin
Under a state programme, three women have completed training at the Archakar Training School run by the Sri Ranganathar temple in Srirangam
CHENNAI: Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday said women are all set to enter temples in Tamil Nadu as priests under the Dravidian model of governance.
Stalin said on social media platform X: ''Despite women's achievements as pilots and astronauts, they were barred from the sacred role of temple priests, deemed impure, even in the temples for female deities. But change is finally here! In Tamil Nadu, as our Dravidian model government has removed the thorn from Thanthai Periyar's heart by appointing people of all castes as priests, women are also now stepping into the sanctums, bringing a new era of inclusivity and equality.''
Under a state programme to suitably train and appoint persons belonging to all castes as priests, three women have completed training at the Archakar (priest) Training School run by the Sri Ranganathar temple in Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli.
Reformist leader 'Periyar' E V Ramasamy had once described not permitting non-Brahmins to perform the role of priests in temples as a ''thorn'' in his heart.
Already, women officiate as priests in some temples in the state. Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister P K Sekar Babu had said in 2021 that women could be appointed as priests in temples following their training.