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Trupti Desai offers prayers at Trimbakeshwar temple

10:42 AM Apr 22, 2016 | Asia News International

Nashik (Maharashtra): Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai, along with other women activists, offered prayers at the inner sanctum of the Nashik’s Trimbakeshwar temple, where the entry of women in the sanctum sanctorum was prohibited for ages.

Desai’s entry into the inner sanctum comes a day after activists, led by Vanita Gutte of Pune-based Swarajya Mahila Sanghatana, offered prayer inside the ‘garbha griha’ of the shrine, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ in the country.

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Bhumata Brigade activists have been raising their voice against the temples where entry of women is prohibited.

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The group’s relentless agitations had forced the authorities at the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar earlier this month to yield to their demands and allow women into the sanctum of the shrine.

Speaking to media after the pooja, Desai vowed to continue her fight against the differential treatment meted out to the fairer sex at religious places.

“Prayed to the God. The way we were allowed to offer prayers at inner sanctum today, women should be allowed respectfully in all temples across nation…We will take our fight to national level, we will also meet Prime Minister Modi next month,” she said.

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

During the hearing on the Shani Shingnapur issue, the Bombay High Court had observed that entering a temple was a fundamental right of every person, after which the temple trust finally decided to allow women on April 8. (ANI)

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