UP: A Temple Was “Purified With Gangajal” After Woman BJP MLA Pays Visit

The Logical Indian Crew Uttar Pradesh

July 31st, 2018 / 5:58 PM

Temple Cleaned Woman MLA Visits

Image Credits: India.com

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.


Also Read: Kerala: Why Can’t Women Enter Sabarimala Temple, Asks Supreme Court


Contributors

Written by : Shraddha Goled

Edited by : Abhinav Joshi

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Watch/Read: Dalit Woman Denied Entry In Temple, Forcefully Evicted

Woman Temple

[Watch] How A Woman Challenged And Changed A 400-Yr-Old Tradition In Temple Using A Camera

Dalit Man Denied Entry In Temple

Dalit Man Denied Entry In Temple, Beaten Up By People

Height Of Patriarchy And Superstition: Women Are Made To Drink Water Out Of Shoes

Dalit Women Appointed As Priests In Mangalore’s Sri Gokarnanatha Temple

Shani Shingnapur

Embracing Equality: Breaking 400 Yr Old Tradition, Women Allowed To Enter Shani Shingnapur Temple

Latest on The Logical Indian

World Affairs

Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General And Nobel Laureate Passes Away At 80

Get Inspired

Kerala Floods: Journalist Cancels Daughter’s Engagement, Donates Money To CM Relief Fund

News

Former Cricketer Imran Khan Becomes PM of Pakistan, Takes Oath Today

Get Inspired

Kerala Flood Heroes: Indian Navy Captain P Rajkumar Rescues 26 People, Commander Vijay Airlifts A Pregnant Woman To Hospital

News

New GDP Data Shows India Attained More Than 10% Growth Twice During Dr Manmohan Singh’s Tenure

News

Major Aditya Kumar, Rifleman Aurangzeb Honoured With Shaurya Chakra On Independence Day

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.