UP: A Temple Was “Purified With Gangajal” After Woman BJP MLA Pays Visit
A temple in Hamirpur, Uttar Pradesh was “purified with Gangajal” and the statues of the deities were sent to Allahabad to be cleansed after a woman BJP MLA visited the temple recently. As per reports, Dalit BJP MLA Manisha Anuragi from Raath constituency visited the temple on July 12 and was unaware of the practices of the temple.
ANI quoted her saying, “It’s an insult to women if such things have happened. These are deeds of half-witted people.”
The temple which is situated in Muskura Khurd village in Raath constituency has a traditional ban on women entering the inner sanctum, however, Anuragi entered the temple on the insistence of her party members, unaware of the ban. The said temple is believed to be from the Mahabharat era and the ban on women entry has been in place for centuries. The locals believe that if a woman even touches the boundary wall of the temple, the area faces natural calamities. As reported by DNA, Anuragi not only entered the inner sanctum but also climbed on the sacred platform where Rishi Dhror is believed to have held his prayers. A villager said, “No one has ever dared to climb on the platform. It is a sacred place and people offer prayers by bowing down at the platform.”
Another villager said, “Due to an old belief, entry of women is banned inside the temple. They are allowed to pay obeisance from outside only without touching even its boundary walls.”
The priest of the temple, who “cleansed” the temple after the MLA’s visit told ANI, “Till today no women had entered the temple. When Manisha Anuragi entered the temple I was not there otherwise I would not have allowed her to enter.”
As per reports, a panchayat too was called by the villagers. They alleged that they were facing the wrath of the deities ever since the incident happened. They claimed that not a drop of water has rained after her visit. The panchayat then decided to purify the temple to save villagers from the wrath of deities.
The Logical Indian take
It is a matter of shame that such regressive practices are still followed. It is a classic case of gender discrimination which strips the person of their basic right just because of their gender. It also shows the ignorance of the villagers who believe that factors like these can affect a natural phenomenon like rain. The Logical Indian hopes that people are made aware of these misconceptions and efforts are taken to sensitise them.