Trimbakeshwar temple revokes its ban on men’s entry in sanctum sanctorum

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Nashik, April 12: The Trimbakeshwar Temple authorities have gone back on their April 3 resolution wherein they decided to ban entry of men too into the core worship area at the famous Lord Shiva shrine in Nashik.

A meeting of the Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust held here yesterday cancelled its earlier resolution restricting entry of males into the ‘garbhgriha’ (sanctum sanctorum), Nivrutti Nagare, one of trustees and Chief Officer of Trimbakeshwar Municipal Council said on Monday.

The Trust revoked its decision of April 3 owing to pressure from locals, Nagare, who presided over the meeting of the trustees said.

The meeting did not decide anything on the centuries old ban on women’s entry into the core area, he said.

However, the temple trustees were unanimous about seeking further guidance from the Bombay High Court in the matter even after its recent ruling that it is the fundamental right of women to go into places of worship.

The court had also directed the Maharashtra government to take pro-active steps for ensuring compliance with the law for the prevention of discrimination against women vis-à-vis entry to places of worship.

Continuing with the old practice, men devotees were today allowed between 6-7 AM into the core area where the main ‘linga’ is placed. They can enter this innermost part only after donning a specific gear called the sovala (silk clothing).

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