The Trimbakeshwar Temple authorities in Nashik yesterday imposed a restriction on men’s entry too into the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord Shiva shrine with an aim to provide “equal treatment” to both the genders, a trustee said.
The Trimbakeshwar temple took this decision in the wake of the Bombay High Court verdict. File Pic/PTI
The decision, which takes effect from today, comes in the wake of the Bombay High Court verdict giving women equal right to men with regard to entry into temples. It was decided this morning after a board meeting of the Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust under Chairperson and District Judge Urmila Phalke Joshi, Lalita Shinde, one of the trustees said.
“The decision was taken to ensure equal treatment to both men and women,” Shinde said.
The development comes a day after Bhumata Ranragini Brigade Trupti Desai and 25 other women activists were taken into preventive custody to stop them from entering into the inner sanctum of the famous Shani temple in Ahmednagar’s Shignapur village. They were later released.
According to Ghule, a member of the Trimbakeshwar Temple Trust, the ban on entry of women into the ‘garbhagriha’ is an age-old tradition and not something enforced in recent times. The ban goes back to the Peshwa period.
As per tradition, only men were allowed entry daily between 6-7 AM into the area where the main ‘linga’ is placed, that too by putting on a specific gear called the sovala (silk clothing). Women, can, however have ‘darshan’ from outside the core area.
Some priests in the temple town said most of the women devotees might not want to defy the tradition.