Women allowed to enter Maharashtra’s Trimbakeshwar temple

Nashik (Maharashtra), April 21 (IANS) Signalling a major social change, women on Thursday morning were permitted entry to the Trimbakeshwar temple here, one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ (a devotional object representing Lord Shiva) in the country.

A group of three women activists of the Swarajya Sanghatana led by Vanita Gutte, was allowed to enter the temple amidst tight security.

Bhumata Ranragini Brigade President Trupti Desai, who started the campaign for women’s entry to all places of worship in January, welcomed the development and announced she will visit the temple on Friday.

This sigificant development came 13 days after women were permitted entry to the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district on April 8.

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  1. There is difference between prayers at home by individuals and in a congregation. It is in a congregation the consecrated people offer prayers and worship to God on behalf of the people. The practice of these rituals comes from the authority derived from the scriptures and traditions.
    Therefore only consecrated people can offer worship and make offerings to God. These practices may vary from religion to religion. Nevertheless only authorised people are allowed offer these services.

    The article 25 of the constitution guarantees the right of the persons to practice the faith. Persons include not only individuals but also institutions. Judiciary must be aware that it is the institutions that keep the faith alive by appropriate sacrifices and worship as per the scriptures and traditions.
    It is important to realise the every institution has rule and regulation for smooth functioning.

    If anybody feels that everybody should be allowed sanctum sanctorum and offer worship or conduct rituals, it would best that they are asked start their own religious institutions. This is a free country.
    All reforms need to come through reconciliation between the parties with due regard to the scriptural constraints and not forced upon by the authorities.
    It is well known that religion suffered because of excesses by the guardians of religion. Let history not record that the democracy suffered because of excessive liberalism by the guardians of democracy

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