A non-brhamin priest for Meenakshi Amman temple

NC Network, New Delhi

Twelve years after the Tamil Nadu government passed an order for appointment of people from any caste as priests, the famous Godess Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai has got a non-Brahmin as 'archaka' (priest).

The new priest belongs to a backward caste and is among those 206 people who went through a training conducted by the ancient temple administration.

On May 23, 2006 the Tamil Nadu government allowed appointment as 'archaka' any Hindu possessing the requisite qualification and training in temples.

An association of priests challenged the G.O. in the Supreme Court which on December 16, 2015 upheld the order.

The temple has appointed the priest with conditions which also includes suspension incase of violation of t 'Agama' rules, a manual for worship of the deity, rituals and construction of temples.

The man selected had applied to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Board, which administers a large number of temples in the state, for the post and got selected after an oral interview.

He is an undergraduate in Tamil literature, and is a spiritual person interested in Hindu religion and is devoted to Lord Shiva.

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