A temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur went through the process of ‘purification’ after the woman MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) from the constituency visited the temple on July 12. The MLA was there to attend a function in her assembly constituency when she decided to pay a visit to the temple. The temple which is claimed to be in existence from ‘Mahabharata Era’ doesn’t allow women as per rituals and beliefs. “Since there is a ban on women entering the temple, they can stand outside and pray,” said a local resident to ANI.
The temple was cleaned with ‘Gangajal’ as a part of purification process and the statues of the deities were sent to Allahabad for cleaning. “Till today no woman had entered the temple. Women are not allowed here. When Manisha Anuragi entered the premises, I was not there, otherwise, I would not have allowed her to enter,” a priest from the temple expressed his disappointment with ANI. When asked the MLA Anuragi, she reacted, “It’s an insult to women if such things have happened. These are deeds of half-witted people,”
Recalling a similar incident, a woman revolutionary, Trupti Desai, from Maharashtra was also in news throughout 2016 as her organisation, Bhumata Mahila Brigade, tried to break the barrier between women worshipers and the temple authorities who prohibited women from entering the temple. Desai got a huge support from women across the state and made several successful entries to the temples where women were not allowed. One of the temples, Shani Shingnapur, in Ahmednagar of Maharashtra, where women were prohibited for last 400 years, Desai protested and finally the gate was open for women on April 8, 2016 which was coincidentally a Gudi Padwa. She asked the other such temples to lift the ban on women’s entries in these temples.
(With inputs from ANI)