TIRUCHI: It is a long-cherished dream for him. Although he wanted to become an `archakar,' it could not materialise as he was from Scheduled Caste.
With the doors now open through `Anaivarum archakar agalam' scheme introduced by the State Government, the youth has grabbed the opportunity to join `Vaishnavite archakar' training programme.
R. Karthikeyan (22) of Aeriyoor in Pennagaram taluk of Dharmapuri district was one among 40 youths who expressed their joy and pleasure at Sri Kattazhagiasingarperumal Temple in Tiruvanaikovil where the training programme for `Pancharatra agamam' (Vaishnavite system of worship) was inaugurated on Friday.
Explaining the economic backwardness of his family, he said that he would take maximum advantage of the programme.
Distributing the training materials that included books and dhotis to the students to mark the inaugural of the training, Sri Ranganarayana Jeer of Srirangam said that it was only true service which was dear to God above caste based barriers. The scheme, he hoped, would prove to be a prospective career for many youths in future.
The Collector, Ashish Vachhani, said that Tamil Nadu had become a trendsetter to the whole country in implementing the scheme.
The Joint Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, M. K. Balasubramanian, pointed out that Tiruvanaikovil in Tiruchi was one of the two centres in the State selected for imparting the training on Vaishnavite system of worship, the other one being Sri Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane, Chennai. Each trainee would get a monthly stipend of Rs.500 and free accommodation and all basic amenities would be provided to them. A headmaster and a teacher would impart the training.
The chairman of Board of Trustees of Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, M. Venkatachalam, said that in all 97 candidates appeared for the interview. Forty persons, belonging to different castes, were selected as per guidelines.
Trustees Girija Mohan and T.R. Murali and the Executive Officer, P.R. Ashok, spoke.