The Temple Entry Proclamation was a remarkable proclamation issued by the Maharaja of Travancore Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma abolishing the ban on avarnas (lower castes) from entering Hindu temples all over Travancore (which is now part of the state of Kerala). It was issued on November 12, 1936. It was a milestone in the history of reformation in Kerala and indeed, India because it was the first of its kind in all of India (princely states + British India). Today, this day is observed as Social Reformation Day by the Kerala government. This act threw open the gates of the Hindu temples to men and women of all castes in Travancore. Mahatma Gandhi in response to the proclamation said that it was the young king who should be called the ‘Mahatma’.