K. Annamalai during his visit to Dharapuram

BJP welcomes appointment of non-brahmin priests in TN

Chennai(TN, India): Implementing its poll promise, the DMK Government has appointed trained aspirants from various castes as temple priests in Tamil Nadu.

Chief Minister M K Stalin handed over the appointment orders of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department to 75 persons here marking appointments to 208 positions under various categories.

The group comprises ‘Bhattacharyas’ (Vaishnavite priests) and Odhuvars (Shaivite reciters) including one female Odhuvar.

The appointments include 24 aspirants who had formally completed training in a state-run center for becoming priests in Hindu temples, 34 others who completed ‘archaka’ training in other ‘patashalas.’

Praising the move of the state government, BJP state president K. Annamalai has appreciated the appointments of non-Brahmin priests in various Hindu temples. 

“We welcome the plan for all castes to become priests. It must be subject to the rules of Agama Shastri. Our position is that everyone should come”, Annamalai told local media. 

However, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has warned the ruling government over the appointment of non-brahmin priests. He cautioned CM MK Stalin that he would move court against the appointment of non-Brahmin priests to Tamil Nadu’s temples.

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