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Mahatma Visited Sri Mandir

Though it has been repeatedly told that Mahatma Gandhi was not allowed inside the 12th Century Shrine, History reveals otherwise.

 
Way back in 1921, Father of The Nation went inside Shree Jagannath Temple along with Pandit Gopabandhu Dash and had Darshan of Trinity.
 
Gandhiji along with Kasturba went inside the Shrine when he visited Odisha from 27-29 March, 1921.
 
After the visit he wrote down his experience in the 10 April edition of Navajivan Patrika.
 
However while thousands of devotees visit the holy Jagannath Temple everyday, but entry to the temple is restricted only to Hindus, and the rest wait till Rath Jatra for a Darshan.
 
The imposed restriction has had its share of controversies. Here is a list of VIPs who were denied entry into the Sri Mandir:

Leading the lot was Acharya Vinoba Bhave. an advocate of nonviolence and human rights, known for his Bhoodan Movement, was also refused entry as he had accompanied by non Hindu followers into Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.

Secondly Nobel Laurate, Rabindranath Tagore, a Pirali Brahmin by birth, a poet, novelist, playwright, was denied entry into the temple for Darshan.

In 1977, Bhakti Vedanta Swami Pravupada, the founder of ISKCON movement, had visited Puri. His devotees were not allowed to enter the temple and he was warned against making an attempt to step into the temple.

B R Ambedkar, Father of Indian Constitution was barred from entering the Sri Mandir when he visited Puri in July, 1945.

Lord Curzon, who was the British Viceroy of India from 1889 to 1905, deeply enthusiastic about Indian history, archaeology and geography, was not allowed into the temple when he visited Puri in 1900.

 

Indira Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India was not allowed to enter the 12th century shrine because she was married to a Parsi, Feroze Gandhi.

In 2005, Mahachakri Siridharan, the Queen of Thailand, was not allowed inside the temple as she was a follower of Buddhism.



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