Women can enter Trimbakeshwar temple, but in wet clothes!

Apr 16, 2016, 10:34 IST | Agencies

Trimbakeshwar temple trust sets norm that only those wearing wet cotton or silk clothes will be allowed inside the sanctum sanctorum

Nashik: Amid the campaign for gender equality, the Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust in Maharashtra has decided to allow women into the famous Lord Shiva temple’s sanctum sanctorum for an hour everyday, but with a rider that they must wear wet cotton or silk clothes while offering prayers in the core area.

The renowned Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Nashik
The renowned Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Nashik

However, the women activists have refused to abide by the condition and have lodged a complaint with police against the trust members and local people for purposely obstructing their entry into the temple.

The trust took the decision at a meeting on Wednesday to allow women into the temple’s garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) from 6 to 7 am on Wednesday and with the conditions attached to it, Lalita Shinde, one of
the temple trustees, said.

The decision was taken following an agitation by Pune-based Swarajya Sanghatana, headed by Vanita Gutte. However, Gutte and fellow-campaigners refused to enter the core area of the temple on Thursday morning
with the condition of wearing wet clothes.

Meanwhile, several priests entered the sanctum sanctorum to perform the puja. In the argument between the temple authorities and the activists, the time limit of 6 to 7 am got over, Shinde said.

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