Thursday, May 27, 2010

12-yr-old installs idol in temple, creates history | Deccan Chronicle | 2010-05-24

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    • Breaking centuries-old right traditionally held by male priests, a
      12-year-old girl in Kerala has installed the idol of goddess Durga in a temple near here.
      The girl, Jyotsna, performed the idol installation rites — known in local parlance as 'prathishta karmam' — on Sunday at Painknnikkavu Bhadhrakali temple with full support and blessings of senior members of her family. As per temple traditions followed by Kerala for centuries, only a few Namboodiri (a caste) families have the right to install idols in new or renovated temples and they are known as 'thanthris' (traditional high priests).

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