Several women groups have cried it foul and an act of humiliation on the rule by the temple trust of the Trimbakeswar temple in Maharashtra that women devotees should enter into the temple with wet clothes only.
The move, that is not only offensive and disgraceful, women will be allowed to enter the core area of the temple every day for one hour between 6 am to 7 am, under the condition that they wear wet silk or cotton clothes while offering their prayers.
The Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust, while finally granting the women permission to enter Lord Shiva temple’s sanctum sanctorum, laid down the condition inviting the wrath. It also stated that while the male devotees have been advised to enter the sanctum sanctorum wearing only a dhoti, it can equally put a condition for the women to enter with wet clothes- which is in fact not new but an age-old practice in several temples across India”
Pune-based organisation Swarajya Sanghatana led by Vanita Gutte which has been the driving force behind the agitation refused to accept these debasing conditions to enter the temple wearing wet clothes. A complaint has been filed by Gutte, that they were obstructed from entering the temple on Thursday night. The police have registered offences against 250 people including the temple trust and the locals.
Tripti Desai, the chief of Bharat Mata Brigade who spearheaded movement in Shanisingnapur and met with success said attempts are still made to prevent women to enter the sanctum sanctorum of mainline temples. We will launch an agitation against such male-dominated rules, she made it clear.