Temple breaks taboo in one-of-its kind event in Hyderabad

The Lord Ranganatha temple was the venue for an event wherein a priest carried a devout scheduled caste person on his shoulders into the temple.

By Author  |  Published: 17th Apr 2018  12:35 am
Hyderabad
Priest CS Rangarajan carries Aditya Parasri, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste, on his shoulders into Sri Ranganatha temple in Hyderabad on Monday. — Photo: AFP

Hyderabad: There was a lot of excitement and curiosity among the people at Jiyaguda on Monday evening. The Lord Ranganatha temple was the venue for an event wherein a priest carried a devout scheduled caste person on his shoulders into the temple.

Amidst the traditional nadaswaram and mridangam music and Vedic chantings by priests, Chilkur Balaji Temple Archaka CS Rangarajan carried Aditya Parasri, a person from the scheduled caste and a resident of Jiyaguda on his shoulders into the temple. Parasri was sporting a turban and was garlanded with flowers.

People from different areas gathered at the temple well in advance to witness the one-of-its-kind act. As the clock ticked 4.30 pm, the 52-year-old priest carried the devout Aditya on his shoulders from outside the temple till the Dwajasthambam (flagpole).

Later, the duo along with other priests and residents circumambulated the path in the temple. After the special darshan, the duo was offered prasadam.

“This is the re-enactment of a 2,700-year old incident. It is being done to re-establish the greatness of Sanatana Dharma and to propagate equality among all sections of the society,” said Mr Rangarajan, adding that many vested interests are trying to disturb the peace and harmony in the country. “This act is enacted as a means to stop the oppression of dalits and promote universal brotherhood among different sections,” he said.