10 famous persons in history not allowed into Puri Jagannath temple – Guru Nanak, Kabir, Gandhi, Tagore…
A priest of the famous Puri Jagannath temple has sparked off a controversy by refusing to let West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee enter the temple.
His gripe is that she supports beef eaters.
The man has been reportedly detained and the Odisha administration has made it clear that the CM is welcome to visit the temple.
Since 14th century Puri Jagannath temple has made news due to its practice of allowing only Hindus.
Here is a list of well-known men not allowed by the temple as compiled by Incredible Odisha.
Puri temple authorities blocked Mahatma Gandhi in 1934 as he was accompanied by Muslims, Christians, and Dalits. In protest, Gandhi organized a march from the temple’s Singhadwar gate.
Rabindranath Tagore was not allowed entry as he was a pirali brahmin. That is, one of his ancestors and fallen in love with a Muslim woman and had converted to Islam to marry her.
B R Ambedkar
Not allowed in 1945 as he was a Dalit. This rule has relaxed now.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was not allowed in 1984 as she had married a Parsi, Feroze Gandhi. She had to be content with a view of the temple from the roof of the Raghunandan Library across the street.
ISKCON founder A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada refused to enter Jagannath temple in 1977 as his foreigner disciples were not allowed.
Kabir was blocked as he was wearing a Muslim cap. Legend has it that Lord Jagannath came in the dream of priests and ordered them to allow Kabir inside of the temple with due respect the next day.
Guru Nanak was not allowed in 1508 as he was accompanied by his Muslim disciple Mardana. But the King of Puri ensured that Guru Nanak and his followers were given access for darshan of Jagannath inside the temple.
The British Viceroy was denied entry in 1900 as he was a non Hindu.
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
The Crown Princess of Thailand blocked entry in in 2005 as she was a Buddhist.
A Swiss woman made a donation of Rs 1.78 crore to the temple of Jagannath in Puri - the largest single donation in the history of the temple. Still not allowed as she was born in a Christian family.