Traditionally, Chandalas and I believe even Sudras were not allowed in temples.

What was the justification for this and is it based on scriptures?

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    Chandala is someone who deals with disposal of corpses. And cleanliness is one of the top priorities in Temples. – user6990 Nov 14 '17 at 3:19
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    What if, if they clean themselves and visit? @OnkarKarambe – Krishna Shweta Nov 14 '17 at 5:17
  • @OnkarKarambe Makes sense. – Ikshvaku Nov 14 '17 at 13:18
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    @KrishnaShweta It's not about merely external cleanliness like taking a bath, but internal and spiritual purity also, which Chandalas don't have due to their birth. – Ikshvaku Dec 10 '18 at 20:51
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    @NaveenKick I have heard it from some people. It's also one of the reasons why they parade the Uthsavar throughout the city/around the temple, so that people who can't enter the temple can see the deities. Also, one fact is that Shudras cannot hear Vedic mantras, and yajnas or Vedic recitation would be stopped when a Shudra comes by. So for this reason maybe they weren't letting Shudras inside temples when Vedic recitation was going on. – Ikshvaku Dec 10 '18 at 20:55

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