A New Krishna Temple for Non-Brahmins at Udupi

The present situation in India is such that if no drastic measures are taken, within 50 to 100 years the population of Hindus would be reduced to 40% from the present 80%. This alarming situation calls for some serious thinking on the part of Hindu leaders and religious heads as to how to arrest this trend; consolidate the Hindus and put a united fight against its adversaries. Unfortunately in the temple town of Udupi in Karnataka we find discrimination while serving food with separate arrangements made exclusively for Brahmins. Temples and holy centers of yore are places meant for unifying devotees. But in the Krishna Mutt at Udupi devotees are made to feel inferior due to their caste, as if the Lord himself has sanctioned discrimination. Recently a women belonging to a non-Brahmin community was forcibly made to leave the dining hall where only the Brahmin community is allowed to partake food. It is said that the non-Brahmin communities silently undergo this humiliation as they are deeply devoted to the Lord and overlook the arrogance for the people who manage the affairs of the temple. But the future generation may not tolerate this and even become atheists. Hence a new temple for Lord Krishna should be built at Udupi and managed by non-Brahmins.

First a plot of land measuring about three to four acres near the vicinity of Udupi should be purchased for building a temple for Lord Krishna. This temple should be modeled on the temple of Mahadeva at Ittagi in Raichur district which is built on the Kalyani Chalukyan style of temple architecture and called Devalaya Chakravarthi (king among temples). Similar to the Golden Temple at Amritsar this temple should be surrounded by a tank with fresh water with a passage to reach it. Surrounding this tank should be a beautiful garden with green lawn, flower alleys and sculptures in the midst. A human sized image of Lord Krishna playing flute and leaning behind a cow, carved in granite should be placed in the garbhagudi. The garbhagudi should be well lighted and doing abhishekas to the idol should be avoided. Aartees should be done thrice a day and incense burnt in front of the idol decorated with minimum flowers. The premises should be kept hyper clean and silence maintained. The prayer hall should have sculptures and paintings of devotees like Kanakadasa, Purandaradasa, the avatars of Vishnu, scenes from the Puranas, etc.

With regards to the maintenance of this temple, eight communities namely the Bunts, Billavas, Mogaveeras, Yadavas, Dalits, Kurubas, Idigas and the Vaishyas should in turn be allowed to manage the affairs of the temple for one year beginning a week prior to Krishna Jayanthi. The community managing the temple affairs of that particular year should have its own priest to offer prayers to the Lord. In this temple instead of wholesome lunch, sweet pongal should be offered as prasada to devotees and this should be prepared exclusively by a Dalit cook in a highly hygiene method and that the prasada is prepared by a Dalit should be well advertised. This temple should be opened to all irrespective of people of different religious faiths and devotees should be asked to cover their bodies and people without shirts should not be allowed inside. The community managing the temple should organize cultural activities like Yakshagana, Bayalaata, folk dance, Harikathe, during various auspicious days like Ramanavmi, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Ugadi, Dasara, etc.

In short by building an aesthetic temple and holding regular cultural activities, this temple will become a beehive of tourists from all over the world. More than anything this temple will give a sense of pride to various non-Brahmin communities including Dalits.

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