Another Victory : Women Enter Trimbakeshwar Sanctorum

In a departure from the age old tradition, Vanita Gutte of Mayuri Deshmane and Hema Jha, entered ancient Trimbakeshwar temple near Nashik, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. The women activists of Pune-based Swarajya Mahila Sanghathana become the first devotees to worship lord Shiva inside the sanctorum of the temple, where the entry of women was prohibited for at least 500 years. This sparked protest from villagers, who called for a bandh in Trimbakeshwar on Thursday. The villagers believe that the entry to women into the sanctorum has been banned since time immemorial. However, the ban came into more prominence after 1755 when Nansaheb Peshwa renovated the temple to its present form. Women rights activist Vanita Gutte and her two supporters had filed an FIR against 200 villagers, including four former mayors of Trimbakeshwar on Wednesday after they were allegedly attacked in the temple to stop from entering into the sanctorum.
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