Shani Shingnapur row: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to visit temple, try mediation

Well-known spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will visit the Shani Shingnapur shrine in Maharashtra in a bid to resolve the row over the customary ban on entry for women inside the sanctum sanctorum.

Karthik Krishna, media co-ordinator of Art Of Living, said the spiritual leader had suggested two "models" of entry protocol to the trustees of Shani shrine in the village.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

"One of the models that Guruji has suggested is the Shani temple trustees follow the Kashi Vishwanath model where everybody, be it men or women, can go inside the sanctum sanctorum," Krishna told PTI.

"The other is Tirupati-Balaji model, where nobody is allowed to go inside the sanctum sanctorum except the priest," he said.

Ravi Shankar also proposed greater participation of women on the temple committees, to which the trustees agreed, he said.

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