What was the Temple Entry Movement?

By Durga Prashanna Mishra|Updated : July 19th, 2022

Temple Entry Movement was started by Bhimrao Ambedkar as a national approach to fight caste oppression. In 20th century Kerala, the depressed classes were not allowed to enter temples. It was launched to open all the Hindu Temples while carrying out a huge propaganda campaign aghast in social upliftment, and untouchability of the lower caste people. The Temple Entry Movement led the people of the lower caste to enter temples. The main aim was to reform Hindu society.

Temple Entry Movement

The main objective of the Temple Entry Movement was to fight caste oppression. In the 20th century in India, people from lower caste were not allowed to enter the temples. In Kerala, low-caste Hindus were not even allowed to walk on the roads that led to the temple.

Due to this, T K Madhavan created a report citing the issues faced on a daily basis by the depressed caste people. Due to this, a committee was formed including people from various castes to fight against it. With time, as a result of the Temple Entry Movement, the Maharaja of Travancore issued a proclamation. It permitted all the Hindus irrespective of their caste to all the government-controlled temples.

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  • Bhimrao Ambedkar started the Temple Entry Movement of 1927. Due to this movement lower-caste people were allowed to the temple.

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