A Purohit carried a devotee from scheduled caste on his shoulders into the temple, breaking the misconceptions of temple entry restrictions based on caste identity among Hindus. This event took place at Lord Ranganatha Swamy Temple at Jiyaguda in Hyderabad on 16th April 2018, when Sri CS Rangarajan, a purohit (priest) at Chilkur Balaji Temple, carried Sri Aditya Parasri, a 24 year old devotee, on his shoulders and walked till Dwaja Sthambam of the temple amidst the chants of “Brahmam Okkate Parabrahmam Okkate”, floral decorations, naadaswaram music and Vedic hymns.
This event was mutually organised by Temple Protection Movement and Samajika Samarasata Vedika, Telangana.
On this occasion, the 52 year old priest Sri Rangarajan said “This is the re-enactment of a 2,700-year-old incident which was called ‘Muni Vahana Seva’. It is being done to re-establish the greatness of Sanatana Dharma and to propagate equality among all sections of the society. None of the Hindu scriptures bars people from temple entry.”
Sri Rangarajan added that during a round-table conference in Osmania University in January 2018, he was challenged to repeat the “Muni Vahana Seva” instead of quoting 2,700-year-old ritual that originated in Tamil Nadu.
Sri Aditya, who hails from Mahboobanagar and devotee from scheduled caste, said we are all equal infront the almighty God and we should not have any discrimination based on caste.
Sri CS. Soundar Rajan, president of Temple Protection Movement and father of CS Rangarajan, Telangana state Samajika Samarasata Vedika President Dr. Vamsha Tilak, VHP member Sri Andhole Ramesh, Ranganatha Swamy temple trustee member Sri ST Charyulu and many more devotees participated.