Do not en­ter tem­ples wear­ing maxi: Au­thor­i­ties tell women

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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.

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

Hanu­man tem­ple at Kopar which has put up the no­tice (in­set).

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