Thiruvananthapuram: The Head Priest of the Guruvayur Temple in Kerala has said that non-Hindus cannot enter the temple.
Priests and religious heads had met in Thrissur on Thursday to discuss who can be allowed inside the temple after the recent controversy around the purification ceremony conducted in the Guruvayur Temple following the visit of Union Minister Vayalar Ravi’s son Ravi Krishna.
The temple authorities had objected to Krishna’s visit because his mother, Mercy, is a Christian and claimed that his visit had defiled the temple, which is the abode of Lord Sree Guruvayurappan.
Over 70 percent of the priests who attended the meeting were against the entry of non-Hindus.
Reacting to the decision Krishna told CNN-IBN: "I am a born Hindu. It is because I belong to the OBC that I’m not allowed inside Guruvayur temple."
Vayalar Ravi, too, had lashed out at the Guruvayur temple management on May 22 for carrying out purification rituals after his son visited the temple.
He had also said his family was contemplating taking legal action against the temple authorities over the shocking incident.
Krishna had gone to the temple for his son’s first-feeding ceremony. This was, in fact, the second time that a face-off has erupted between the Ravi family and the temple authorities.
"My wife is Christian, but I’m Hindu. I am a born Hindu. My children and grandchildren are born Hindus and they are all practicing Hindus," he had declared.
A similar ritual was performed when Krishna had visited the temple after his marriage seven years back.
"There was a similar controversy when my son got married in Guruvayur. My caste was not allowed temple entry. We protested against it. This incident is shocking. My family is agitated," Ravi had said.
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