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Dalit Priest in a Temple at Patna

When dalits are restricted in some temples, for a change the Mahavir temple in Patna has a Dalit priest. The temple has Hanuman and Buddha as deities and Suryavanshi Das has been the priest for the past nine years. The Mahavir temple is associated with the Ramanand sect. Hindustan Times Reports“I live here without fear. There are no restrictions on my coming here and all have a cordial relation with me. There was discrimination in the early days. It continued for a year or two but now there is nothing like that,” said Suryavanshi Das – the priest.Hope there will be more temples with dalit priests. Hope there will be no temple which restricts people in the name of caste and creed.