September 14, 2015

India: Caste, Religious Institutions and Domination (Sanjana Krishnan and Rahul Jambhulkar)

The Economic and Political Weekly, Vol - L No. 37, September 12, 2015

Caste, Religious Institutions and Domination
Sanjana Krishnan and Rahul Jambhulkar

The Tuljabhavani and Matangi temples in Osmanabad District in Maharashtra display the relation between religion, caste and power structure in society. The history of these two temples and a study of the priestly hierarchy and practice of rituals, one dominated by the Marathas and the other by the Mahars, shows how caste continues to maintain its stranglehold, albeit in different forms.