Women are worshipped as Goddesses in India but damn if they enter temples, mosques and even libraries in this case! For ages, women are not allowed to enter many places in India with a certain southern India temple and a west-central India dargah being the torch bearers of the BAR WOMEN crusade. And the whole campaign is justified by the perfectly normal phenomenon called MENSTRUATION!
P-E-R-I-O-D-S is the thing that happens to a woman of normal health yet somehow this healthy event is cited as a menace. To all those people with an orthodox view, your mamma, sister and wife bleed monthly. Before you were born, you soaked in that very blood for 9-effing-months. You soaked in it like a babe slathered in sunscreen on a beach! Come to terms with it!
Sabarimala Ayyappa temple
Recently in the news for all the wrong reasons, Sabarimala temple bars women from the age of 10-50 from entering its premises. They believe that women of this age menstruate and thus are impure. Many activists have revolted against this but the temple authorities refuse to budge. women are not allowed women are not allowed
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple – Inventory vaults
This goes to be a bit lenient. Women are allowed to pray but can’t enter the Inventory vaults. The temple authorities state century-old rituals to advocate it. Be it female experts, cleaners or officials, no women is allowed to enter or given any importance.
Lord Karthikeya Temple – Premises
It is said that Lord Indra tried to sidetrack Lord Kartikeya’s meditation with the help for beautiful heavenly women and so Lord Kartikeya cursed all womankind from reaching him. thus it is said that women who enter the temple will be cursed instead of being blessed and are now allowed. women are not allowed women are not allowed
Shani Shingnapur – Rock deity
This temple was also in the news when the temple authorities performed a cleansing ceremony after a young girl dashed and touched the rock. The Shani temple and the rock deity is kept away from a woman’s touch.
Jama Masjid – South Minaret
As we all know, women aren’t allowed in any of the Masjids but only the Mazars. The same applies for Jama Masjid. But women can enter when accompanied by a male partner. Entry of women is totally barred after Maghrib (after sunset) prayers.
Nizamuddin Dargah – Inner chamber
This dargah is famous for film shootings and infamous for barring women. Women devotees can enter the premises but not the inner chamber where resides the saint. This has been going on for 700 years since the saint lived, died and was buried.
Aligarh Muslim University – Maulana Azad Library
This is one temple of knowledge where women aren’t allowed. Women entry is restricted in the Library and the reason cited by the VC is
if girls will come to the library, it would mean four times more boys in the library, as the boys will get attracted to them and discipline issues will crop up
Haji Ali Dargah – Sacred inner sanctum
Similar to Sabarimala Aiyappa temple, Haji Ali dargah is also facing flak of Muslim women. A shrine in memory of Sufi Pir Haji Ali Bukhari, forbids women to enter the inner sanctum. According to the dargah authorities, the inner sanctum houses the grave of the saint and it is Un-Islamic for women to enter it.
Patbausi Satra – Inner Sanctorum
Another 500-year-old custom stops women from entering the shrine of this Hindu monastery. Situated in Assam, this monastery however, went on to set a huge example for the country. In 2010, Assam governor, J.B. Patnaik, a Sanskrit scholar, reasoned with the Satradhikar and convinced him to let women enter the premises. He took 20 women inside with him and performed prayers.
We wish there are more people like the governor and the Satradhikar who are traditional as well as modern and are not held back by century-old customs.
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