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Lower caste Hindus (OBC & Dalits) were not allowed to enter Guruvayur Temple till Independence.

On 2nd June 1947, Gandhiji and Lower caste Avarna Hindus entered the Guruvayur temple, ending proscription on the lower castes.

This happened 15 years after Guruvayur Satyagraha.
Infact, from Jan 1st to Jan 28th in 1932, Guruvayoor temple was closed for nearly a month by the Tantri and temple authorities because the Lower Caste Avarnas wanted to enter it during Guruvayoor satyagraha.

Remembering K Kelappan and AKG, both played a huge role in Satyagraha
Tipu Sultan made a huge grant of 669 acres to Guruvayur temple & also made arrangements for disbursing 8000 pagodas annually in cash to the temple.

The temple was also partially destroyed during the Dutch invasion (1717 AD)

I wonder if anyone told Modiji all this history.
But but Tipu destroyed Temples in Kerala? i know many will raise eye brows.

Yes he destroyed many temple but Tipu didnt touch Guruvayur, Vadakkunnathan Temple & Chottanikkara temple. Why? Bcse the Hindu Kingdom of Cochin was the ally of Mysore.
Infact let me tell you an another Tipu story related to Kerala Temples which is not there in the Social Media.

Brace yourself Twitter, i love second saturday's 🍺
The subject is about two ancient temples located in Kodungallur (Thrissur district).

1) The small Keezhthali Siva Temple
2) The huge Thiruvanchikulam Temple

The distance between these two temples is below 1 Km.

Tipu's Army attacked the small temple and spared the Big one. WHY?
Because Thiruvanchikulam temple was located within the territory of Kingdom of Cochin, while Keezhathali temple was located within the territory of Kingdom of Travancore.

One a foe, One an ally.

99% Indians dont know who Empires ruled and used the iron fist.
Before Cochin kingdom became an ally, Tipu's army attacked Thiruvanchikulam temple and its front portion was destroyed. After Cochin became an ally, the Temple was spared.

That's how power politics worked during that era.
Also remember two things about this famous temple.

1) Thiruvanchikulam Temple was the imperial temple of Chera Empire and was very rich in Treasure.

2) Lord of Thiruvanchikulam = VANCHI-NATHAN (Lord of Vanchi), with Vanchi being the other name of Kerala.
In short, the lord of Thiruvanchikulam has an identity of Imperial Diety of ancient Kerala and almost all royal families within Kerala has some royal titles associated with this divine identity.

Thiruvanchikulam Temple was the Vatican for all royal families.
If Tipu was a BIGOT (as our Right Wing - RW say), then his army should have destroyed Thiruvanchikulam Temple.

But Tipu never attacked any Temples of his Allies. And also treated the people of his allies as his own.
Many points missed.

Guruvayur was the royal temple of Zamorin (His arch enemy)

So everyone expected Tipu’s army would ransack Guruvayur temple, being the royal temple of Kozhikode Kingdom but instead of razing to the ground, Tipu granted the highest level of grant to the temple
So now lets come to the most Important Question : Who is a BIGOT? Lets dig deep into history, because all this is related to modern day India.

Let me give you an example of World War 2 (WW2)

Imagine you are a Jew, living in USSR or Nazi Germany.
a) A Jew in USSR would be punished if he spoke against the Regime. If he supported the regime, he was as safe as other Soviets.

b) A Jew in Nazi Germany would be punished no matter what. Even if he supported the Nazis, 99% he would end up in the concentration camp.
Inshort, a bigot is someone who hates you because you were born into a religion or race that he or she hates to the core, aka Like the Nazis hated Jews & Gypsies.

Similarly Hindutva hates the Minorities and Dalits. They are like the 'Jew in Nazi Germany'
From Asoka to Mongols to Napoleon to Tipu, everyone has used iron fist on their enemies.

Hating someone because they are your enemy & Hating someone because they were born into a particular religion or race are two different things. The latter is Bigotry. Pure Bigotry.
The close British ally 'Nizam of Hyderabad', who had also killed many Hindus is never known as a 'Muslim Fanatic'.

That's how history works.

Infact Hyderabad and Travancore (Both British allies) treated lower caste Hindus literally as slaves. But we never talk about them. Shhhh
I want to add 25-30 more tweets but its a beautiful second saturday and i dont want to make it boring.

Cheers 🍺
An Old thread about Tipu. There is a reason why the British feared him and Napoleon the most. #ThreadEnd

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