A trustee said, “The step was taken to provide equal treatment to both the genders.”
The decision, which was taken during a board meeting of the Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust under Chairperson and District Judge Urmila Phalke Joshi, will come into effect from April 4.
“The ban on entry of women into the ‘garbhagriha’ is an age-old tradition and not something enforced in recent times. The ban goes back to the Peshwa period.”
“As per tradition, only men were allowed entry daily between 6-7 AM into the area where the main ‘linga’ is placed, that too by putting on a specific gear called the sovala (silk clothing).”
However, women can have ‘darshan’ from outside the core area. The ancient temple, which draws devotees from far and wide, has one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’.
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The court had ruled that it was a fundamental right of women to go to all places of worship. The activists were taken into preventive custody but were later released.
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