Lord Jagannath of Puri has perhaps courted more controversies than any other deity in India. There were a lot of famous people who not allowed inside the Jagannath temple. Mahatma Gandhi was also one of them.
When Mahatma Gandhi visited Puri in 1934 accompanied by an entourage of Muslims, Christians, and Dalits, the Puri temple authorities refused to allow them entry. Protesting this, Gandhi organized a march which he called the “harijana padayäträ” from the temple’s Singhadwar gate. Gandhiji asked them,”Why should there be any difference between men in a temple of God?”
“In 1984, Indira Gandhi was not allowed to enter the temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri because she had married a Parsi, Feroze Gandhi,” pointed out a priest defending the ban on entry.
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