Azamgarh: Contour of faith and its aspects are indefinite. For Indians, the undefined devotion is linked with religion and to epitomise this religious conviction among different casteism bound communities stands a distinctive place- Devlas in Mau district of Uttar Pradesh.

Having a dozen of temples belonging to specific communities like Yadav, Gond, Prajapati, Lohar, Dhobi and Baniya, Devlas boasts of several holy shrines at one place.

The caste specific temples were constructed during the time when Mau was part of Azamgarh district.

According to Nebbu Niptari Das, priest at Dhobi (washerman community) temple, the holy shrines are age old. On asking him the intention behind constructing holy shrines at one place Das replied, “Caste specific temples give people freedom to worship their deity and according to heir age-old customs practiced from years.”

Interestingly, only caste specific priests (Pandits) perform religious discourse in their respective temples.

In 1923, the Gond community constructed a temple and established statues of their most worshipped Gods, Nathu and Kalu. Similarly, cobbler community has temple of Sant Ravidas and Rajputs have temple with grand statue of brave Mahrana Pratap. Other communities include Prajapati, Chauhan, Blacksmith, Baniya and Brahmins.

JPN/Bureau