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
  • Who said Shudras are not allowed inside temples? Shudras can enter. It is only Chandalas who cannot enter. According to Varna system, chandalas are not even allowed inside cities, let alone temples. Moreover the chandala mentioned here is not present day dalit or scheduled caste and scheduled tribe, but son of a Brahmin woman and Shudra man. – Spark Sunshine Dec 10 '18 at 16:30
  • @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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