When I visited a temple near Burma colony in Thiruvanaikoil in Tamil Nadu, I was waiting for the person in charge to show karpura aaradhana to the deity. But he told me that I to can go directly to the sanctum sanctorum to pray as there was no need for anybody to come between me and God. Hindu religion is that simple! For progressive Hindus like me, the Chidambaram temple verdict surely does come as a setback. Though the Lord never intended to do injustice based on caste, it was added later by vested interests to justify discrimination by birth. In the case of the Chidambaram Temple, the battle might be lost but the war will be won eventually.
S. Rajan Mahesh,