Are their any dharmashastras or other vedic works which discuss how a Chandala through pious activities can reform himself into a respectable member of society and abandon the vile and disgusting jobs ordained to them?

I don't Know Samskritam, but these works may guide you. Śūdrāhnika trīśūdratīrthavidhi Śuddhiviveka

Clarification: I mean through Vedas or Dharmashastras should've made that clear sorry.

  • Certain jobs in society are disgusting like that .. if no one does them do you suggest the use of robots?
    – Rickross
    Apr 10 at 6:48
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    In Tantra Lord Shiva says a Chandala who knows the Hamsa mantra is more pious than a Brahmin who is unaware.
    – Rickross
    Apr 10 at 6:49
  • @Rickross well today's world yes, but Chandalas were outcasted and seen as impure due to these acts, which is wrong if they had access to hygiene and various other facilities. So, did a Chandala have the ability to do rituals to purify themselves?
    – Haridasa
    Apr 10 at 10:57
  • @Rickross Either they were forced to do these disgusting jobs, or they had the ability to take pious action and purify themselves and hence integrate into society.
    – Haridasa
    Apr 10 at 11:02
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    The vidhāna which sat-śūdras follow, cāṇḍāla can follow too, they may do pañcamahāyajñas, do śravaṇa of itihāsa-purāṇa and dharmaśāstras from Brāhmaṇas, do sevā of Brāhmaṇas, do japa of Bhagavān nāma and nāmasaṅkīrtana, avoiding madyapāna and māṁsabhakṣaṇa, follow sāmānya dharmas, do dānakarma, tīrthāṭana, etc. There are no disgusting jobs, jobs are jobs after all. Even executors of criminals in royal courts, one of the roles played by cāṇḍālas, is an important job.
    – Bingming
    Apr 10 at 20:23

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As per Shrimad Bhagavatam, a Chandala becomes as pure as a brahmana simply by chanting or hearing the Holy Names of Lord Vishnu, offering obeisance unto Him or just by remembering Him.

यत्प्रह्वणाद्यत्स्मरणादपि क्‍वचित् ।
श्वादोऽपि सद्य: सवनाय कल्पते
कुत: पुनस्ते भगवन्नु दर्शनात् ॥ ६ ॥

yat-prahvaṇād yat-smaraṇād api kvacit
śvādo ’pi sadyaḥ savanāya kalpate
kutaḥ punas te bhagavan nu darśanāt

Translation: To say nothing of the spiritual advancement of persons who see the Supreme Person face to face, even a person born in a family of dog-eaters immediately becomes eligible to perform Vedic sacrifices if he once utters the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or chants about Him, hears about His pastimes, offers Him obeisances or even remembers Him.

Source: https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/3/33/6/

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