August 19, dang. Every morning she wakes up early, takes bathtub and goes to the temple. She worships snakes, Shiva and Ganesha alternately by lighting incense sticks and vaccinates the devotees who come to the temple with totally different aspirations. His routine has gone the identical manner.
She is Rita Nepali, a priest of the Nageshwar Parvati temple in Ghorahi sub-metropolitan-18 Masina of Dang. It has been a yr since he grew to become a priest of the Dalit neighborhood on this temple, the middle of the religion of Hindus.
Devotees of each caste who come to the temple take the vaccine with their very own palms. Mother is blessed. While taking part in the position of a priest within the temple, he didn’t have the bitter expertise of anybody speaking about caste untouchability. Most of the devotees visiting this temple are from the Brahmin neighborhood.
How did Rita Nepali of the Dalit neighborhood turn out to be a priest in a society the place Dalits are discriminated towards as untouchables? The reply is related to Parvati Vik, who was the founder and priest of this temple.
Five years in the past, Parvati VK noticed a snake in her dream and began trembling hysterically from that day. On the way in which, she got here to Messina and began worshiping the snake. In the method, she would chew and crawl on the bottom like a snake. The villagers thought it was a divine energy. And the entire neighborhood got here collectively to construct a temple contemplating her as ‘Mother’.
“Thus, the temple was built for Mother Parvati,” says Gyan Bahadur Raimajhi, who can also be the chairman of the temple administration committee.
According to him, Parvati BK was admitted as a priest after the temple was accomplished at a value of about Rs 20 lakh. After the Dalit mom (Parvati) grew to become the builder of the temple, we felt that she wouldn’t be an untouchable’, says Raimajhi. Slowly everybody began accepting it.
It has been three years since Rita Nepali visited this temple, which attracts a lot of guests yearly on Nag Panchami and Shivratri. Initially, she used to assist Parvati within the dance worship. One day final yr, Parvati felt that her abode was not right here however some place else. Then he constructed a hut on the Merul of Rolpa.
When Parvati reached Rolpa, the temple grew to become priestless. Then the local people made Rita the chief priest. The chairman of the administration committee, Raimajhi, says that the founding father of the temple is a Dalit mom and her successor has not been appointed. “We made Rita Mata a priest to send the message that we do not believe in caste untouchability,” he says.
Laxmi Nepali in Jaluke
Laxmi Nepali, a lady from the Dalit neighborhood, can also be the top priest on the Nag Mandir in Jaluke village, a village adjoining to Masina. Her story is just like that of Parvati Vick.
Four years in the past he noticed a snake god in his dream. Then Bipana additionally began worshiping saying that she had seen a snake in her dream at far from the home. The neighborhood established a snake temple there.
For a few yr, a neighborhood lady labored as a priest within the temple. Then Lakshmi herself grew to become a priest. He has been within the position of the top priest of the Nag Mandir for the final three years after the help of the neighborhood. The devotees of the Brahmin neighborhood have additionally thought of him because the chief priest with none hesitation.
Lakshmi says that until date nobody has discriminated towards Dalit ladies. “Everybody considers me a priest,” she says.
He understands that every one are equal within the eyes of God, the entire neighborhood is revered for his service and devotion when he understands that the caste is created later by the individuals.
These three ladies clergymen of the Dalit neighborhood have gotten the nickname ‘Mother’ in Dang. Parvati BK is regarded by the complete neighborhood because the founding mom of the temple.
Rita and Lakshmi Nepali are additionally referred to as Mata. Some name Lakshmi as ‘Nag Mata’ and a few as ‘Priest Mata’.
Changed society, exemplary Messina
Whether it’s the worship of Hinduism or the inspiration stone of the temple, solely Brahmins are inspired in such works. The Brahmins have taken exemplary management to put the inspiration stone of the temple from the Dalits in Dang ki Masina.
Ganesh Belaves is a Brahmin from the Ghorahi subcontinent-18. He laid the inspiration stone of a temple to be constructed by Tej Bahadur Vik in reminiscence of his late father Guman Singh. On tenth July, a Brahmin Pandit had chanted on the basis stone laying ceremony of the temple.
Belbes believes that nobody is touched or untouchable by way of caste. He considers racial discrimination within the title of faith to be utterly improper. “The need for Brahmins in religious activities, if not others, is nothing but a conservatism,” he says.
He stated that the inspiration stone of the temple was laid by Dalits to provide the message that there isn’t a discrimination in Nepali society when all types of caste discrimination, together with untouchability, have been abolished by state legal guidelines.
In Ghorhi sub-metropolitan-18, Masina village of Hindu-dominated Dang, exemplary work like making Dalit clergymen sit within the temple and laying the inspiration stone of the temple by Dalits has been executed.
Raimajhi, chairman of the Nageshwar Parvati Temple Management Committee, says that caste discrimination mechanically ends after the top priest turns into a Dalit.
He says, “It is a practice of yesterday to treat so called Dalits as untouchables in Nepali society, which is not there now, at least not in Messina.”
As far because the society is anxious, final month itself, the Brahmin society has additionally honored Rita Nepali, the priest of Nageshwar Parvati temple.
The priest was felicitated by organizing a ceremony to unfold the message that Hinduism doesn’t condone caste discrimination, stated Jayanand Sharma, the central vice-president of the Brahmin society.
Sharma, 72, is without doubt one of the three pundits who recited mantras from Tej Bahadur BK whereas laying the inspiration stone of the temple. Stating that the theology doesn’t condone caste discrimination, he says, “It started after the practice of insulting someone by associating it with religion.”