Do not enter temples wearing maxi: Authorities tell women
DOMBIVLI: Unperturbed by recent feminist agitations to break religious shackles, three temples at Kopar Village in Dombivli East have put up notice boards for women, reading: “Do not enter the temple wearing a gown.”
The temples are managed by Ramesh Mhatre, a local corporator from the Shiv Sena.
The authorities justified the notices, put up a year ago, and claimed the advisory was to protect the sanctity of the sanctum sanctorum.
“We won’t stop gown- clad women who want to enter if they insist to. We have only appealed to the devotees to avoid wearing gowns while being in the temple premises,” said a representative
of the three temples.
“The decision was taken to maintain the sanctity of the temple. Women who perform household activities wearing gowns cannot be allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum because of
hygiene factors,” he said.
“We are not against t he entry of women into the temple premises. We have even women devotees carrying out all the rituals inside the temple,” he said.
Hanuman temple at Kopar which has put up the notice (inset).