Why aren’t non-Hindus allowed in some Hindu Temples?
It is truly said: God has no Religion. Humans create it. We often find signboards outside some Hindu Temples such as Meenakshi Amman Temple, Jagannath Temple and many more with a note- Only Orthodox Hindus are allowed or Non-Hindus are restricted to enter. Now the question arises here is: Why bar/ ban those people who desperately wish to know about Hindu culture and Hinduism. Some may have desire to collect facts about Hindu Mythology, its beliefs, faiths and truths, but not born into it.
What if they yearn to experience the commitment and the magnificence of Hindu devotion while the saints and priests perform various rituals and customs on different occasions and festivals and want to feel the pleasure, being present in those holy places at those sacred events? Besides, Hinduism has answers for all these questions. Let’s trigger the fact and discover the traditional beliefs of it.
How such an action comes into subsistence?
Do these credulous practices with the name of religions and gods are acceptable? What are the causes and who introduced these naïve customs into esse?
By virtue of it, the Hindu-caretakers have come to a decision and strictly supported to follow customary rules of behaviour and protocols to not allow anyone other than conservative Hindus inside the temple premises. One should be a firm follower of Hinduism to get entry into a Hindu temple.
History depicts: In the distant past, the Muslim and British rulers (sovereigns) conquered innumerable temples and other historic places which were sanctified and constructed by famous saints, mahatmas and Hindu-believers. In numerous ways, these Muslim invaders several times encroached Hindu Temples to some extent. Thus, these unavoidable activities caused severe and extensive damage to these religious monuments and building structures in one way or other. On account of it, hot-blooded enthusiasts there and then, decided to prohibit the admission of Non-Hindus.
In addition to it, legends hold it, the other religious attackers in ancient times, destroyed completely diverse shrines of gods, goddesses and other divine deities. They even spoiled the real appearances of these divinities idols and deformed them brutally by chopping off the legs, hands, ear, noses and other body parts. With the excpetion of, the intruders from other countries and religions also privately stole valuable and gold-plated figures from the main sanctum-sanctorum in temples. Maybe, it is because of this that they (Hindus) don’t let non-Hindus into some Temples. As consequences, these private holy places, where the main inner-sanctum is installed, keep out of sight since ages to prevent it from the trespassers.
Some Hindu temples where entry is prohibited to non-Hindus :
Famous temples like- Guruvayur, Shri Jagannath, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi etc were constructed in the late 16th century by popular Kings and emperors. The murals and the unique styles they exhibit, are amazing and are also counted as the wealthiest temples in the globe. The peculiarity they contain, other than these beautiful wall paintings and architectures are the prohibition of non-Hindus inside the main complex.
The temples, which do not allow and let go inside non-Hindus and other religious tribes/people to enter the main- vicinity.
Jagannath Temple, Puri
Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi
Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
Guruvayur Temple, Kerala
Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu
Meenakshi temple, Madurai
Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu
Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar
Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Tamil Nadu
Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
As, these temples only permits Hindus to come into the temple abode, dedicated to many gods. Sometimes, they possess strict dress codes and have to follow certain set of rules, once they step-in. However, this typical and customary practice of not permitting non-Hindus in these temples has now become extremely sensational and at the same time has provoked a few controversies, across the world till today. Because, these religious homes are supposed and considered as the most visited places and holy destination for pilgrimages.
India- being a home of temples has many religious places which allow non-Hindus to take entry inside the main temple complex and never restrict anyone, anytime. In context, if we see things in other way, it is nothing wrong to follow these patent rules and sets of explicit or understood regulations/ principles, initiated by dedicated Hindus and reverent followers. As a truth, state empires and monarchs, who introduced some temples (other than those which have restrictions), do not have any strict limitations and prohibitions by any authority till date.
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