Temple priests selected irrespective of caste criterion.Travencore Devaswom Board of Kerala has selected 62 persons with the qualifications prescribed to become temple priests in various temples under it. They belong to different castes. Earlier these posts were filled with persons from Brahmin communities alone. In the selected 62 only 26 are from Brahmin community. Others are from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other backward communities. 21 are from Exhava communities.
This is the first time that the Devaswom Board has included non - Brahmin communities in the selection list of priests in the temples under the Board. There are around 70 major temples under the Board, which include the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, Mahadeva Temple at Vaikkom, Ettimanur and Chengannur.
The qualification fixed for candidates included the knowledge of temple rituals, exposure to Sanskrit, and appearance in standard 9 examination. Any certificate in ' Tanthra Vidya' was not insisinsisted.