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After 400 Years, Shani Shinganapur Temple Finally Opens Inner Sanctum To Women

Published on 8 April, 2016 at 4:39 pm By

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.


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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.



 

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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.


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