After months of protest, the Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra has finally allowed women devotees to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the famous temple.
Earlier today, a group of male devotees had broken the temple’s barricades and entered the innermost area of the temple’s sanctum sanctorum where both men and women devotees are banned.
The move to allow women into the shrines’s sacred platform, was taken after the Bombay High Court, last week, ruled
that it is a violation of women’s fundamental right to stop them from going into any places of worship.
The controversy about the temple started few months back when temple’s CCTV camera had caught a woman entering the temple’s sanctorum and offing oil to Shani Dev.
The temple trust had then performed a ‘Suddhikaran’
(purification) ceremony at the temple allowed devotees to enter the temple again.
The move had not gone down well with many activists and a group of around 1500 women then tried tried to forcibly enter the Shani Shingnapur temple but were stopped by cops.