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Non-Brahmins as Priests in Kerala Temples

Pujas in Kerala Hindu Temples were handled by priests who were Brahmins by birth. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages thousands of temples in Kerala including the famous Sabarimala Temple , have started appointing Non-Brahmins as priests. Times of Indiareports  In the last two months, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) filled up 50 out of the 100 posts for pujaris (priests) with non-Brahmins, who will soon start performing rituals in shrines assigned to them among the 2,000 temples under TDB. TDB had conducted a recruitment drive six months ago and interviewed hundreds of applicants belonging to all castes and they selected 199 pujaris, out of which 40% were non- Brahmins.  "Even our ancient scriptures say a person becomes a Brahmin through his deeds and life-style than by birth,'' said additional chief secretary K Jayakumar.

Tripura Sundari Temple Navratri Mela and Festival in Banswara in Rajasthan

Tripura Sundari Temple at Talwara in Banswara in Rajasthan is dedicated to Goddess Tripura Sundari, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The Navratri Mela and festival in the temple attracts thousands of people. The Ashwin Navratri Mela is from October 15 to October 23, 2023.  Tripura Sundari Temple Chaitra Navratri Mela 2023 is from March 22 to March 30, 2023. The murti of Tripura Sundari has 18 arms and is seated atop a lion. The five-feet high murti made of blackstone. The temple was built in 1483 AD and is located around 10 km from Indargarh Sumerganj Mandi. The Chaitra and Ashwin Navratri fair attract thousands of people from Rajasthan and nearby states. Garba Dances are held during the Ashwin Navratri mela. The temple is around 20 km from Banswara Town . On the Banswara - Dungarpur Road , take a Left Turn at Talwara (14 km from Banswara) and go straight (5 km) to reach the mandir.