Brahma Temple, Pushkar, Rajasthan
By Neha Vashishth/ Jeevan Bhaskar
Indian women have been facing gender discrimination since ancient ages whether it is about rituals or rights. Women are made to feel that they cannot do certain things and are always seen as a liability and house makers. But there are some weird temple rituals in India which might make Indian women feel more rational and equal as these temples do not allow men to enter in the temples. This sounds so weird but is so satisfying on so many levels that even though women are always the prime targets of gender discrimination, men too face it. Here’s a list of 7 Indian temples where men are not allowed.
- Brahma Temple, Pushkar, Rajasthan
This temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The reason why men are not allowed in the premises is that according to legends, Lord Brahma performed a yagna at the Pushkar lake with his wife goddess Saraswati. Goddess Sarawati was late for the event, so Lord Brahma married goddess Gayatri and completed the rituals. Goddess Saraswati cursed the temple that no married man is allowed to visit the inner sanctum, otherwise a trouble will arise in his marital life.
- Attukal Temple, Kerela
The temple has over 3 million women devotees every year during pongal. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kannaki (Parvati).
3.Devi Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu
The temple is dedicated to Bhagati Maa. It is located at cape of Kanya Kumari. surrounded by 3 oceans: Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. The temple is one of the Shaktipeeths (place of worship consecrated ashes of the goddess Shakti or Sati), according to legends the spine of sati fell here. Goddess Bhagwati or Bhagati is also called the goddess of sanyasa. That is why only sanyasi men are allowed in the temple till the gate of the temple to seek the blessings of the goddess. Married men are not allowed at all inside the temple.
- Chakkulathukavu Temple, Alappuzha, Kerala
The temple is located near Neerattupuram and devoted to Goddess Durga. During Pongal, is a one-week ritual known as ‘Naari Puja’ where only women are allowed inside the temple. Another ritual named as ‘Dhanu’ is carried out where women fast for 10 days.
- Santoshi Maa Temples
Santoshi maa fast prohibits men from keeping a fast or visit the temple of Santoshi maa on Fridays.
- Mata temple, Muzaffarpur, Bihar
During a special period, men are not allowed in the temple including the priests.
- Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nasik, Maharastra
Women were not allowed to enter the inner sanctum where the lingam is placed. After April 2016, the Bombay high court’ orders prohibited men’s entry as well in the inner sanctum to maintain an equal treatment.