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Tamil Nadu Trains First Female Temple Priests: Breaks Age-Old Tradition

  • Posted on September 15, 2023
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Tamil Nadu First Female Temple Priests



Tamil Nadu has witnessed a historic moment as three women successfully completed training to become temple priests. This landmark event marks a significant shift in a society steeped in tradition, where women were previously barred from serving as temple priests.

 

The Tamil Nadu government, under the leadership of Chief Minister M K Stalin, celebrated this achievement as a "new era of inclusivity and equality." These trailblazing women, S Ramya, S Krishnaveni, and N Ranjitha, underwent rigorous training at the Archakar Payirchi Palli, affiliated with the Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple in Srirangam.

 

Tamil Nadu marks a historic moment as three women complete training to become temple priests, breaking tradition and fostering inclusivity.
Tamil Nadu marks a historic moment as three women complete training to become temple priests, breaking tradition and fostering inclusivity.


This initiative to train women as temple priests was revived by the current DMK government, reinstating a program initiated back in 2007. After completing their initial training, these women will spend another year honing their skills in prominent temples. Following this, they will be considered for priest appointments based on merit.

 

Ramya, a graduate with an MSc in Mathematics, made the decision to pursue this path when she saw an opportunity for women of all castes to become priests. She acknowledged the initial challenges of learning the intricate mantras but expressed her determination to excel in her newfound role.

 

Tamil Nadu Trains First Female Temple Priests: Breaks Age-Old Tradition
Tamil Nadu Trains First Female Temple Priests: Breaks Age-Old Tradition


P K Sekarbabu, the Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, noted that while some temples in the state already have women priests, this achievement paves the way for more women to join priest training schools. The government aims to overcome any potential resistance to women serving as temple priests.

 

In a heartening development, the latest batch of trainees includes 17 girls, showcasing the growing interest among women in this sacred role. This transformation in temple practices aligns with the changing times and challenges traditional norms.

 

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