In a first for the country, 900-year old Hindu temple in Maharashtra to get women and non-Brahmin priests

The renowned 900-year old Vitthoba Temple in Pandharpur will appoint its first women priests and also priests from the backward classes.

Solapur (Maharashtra): Here’s another traditional male bastion set to crumble. With a Supreme Court prod, the renowned 900-year old Vitthoba Temple in the pilgrim town of Pandharpur will script religious history when it appoints its first women priests as also priests from the backward classes as part of an inclusive mission.

“This is the first initiative in the country by any temple trust to break the centuries-old monopoly of the Brahmins over the temple puja and other rituals. We are keen that puja and rituals should be thrown open to all castes, especially non-Brahmins,” Anna Dange, chairman of the Vitthal Rukmini Temple Trust (VRTT) explained to IANS.