Woman breaks age-old custom, offers prayers at Shani temple


Ahmednagar:  A woman entered and offered prayers in the famous Shani temple at a village in Ahmednagar district to break the age-old custom of the prohibition of women entering the temple premises.

This defying act prompted temple authorities to suspend seven security personnel. Villagers resorted to carrying out the purification ceremonies for the temple. The whole temple was washed with milk.

On Saturday woman climbed on the ‘chouthara’ where the idol is placed and offered prayers before disappearing into the crowd leaving everyone awestruck.

A ‘bandh’ was observed by the villagers in the context of the incident. However, the woman received praise from different sections of the society for her act.

Congress MLA from Solapur, Praniti Shinde said that she should be felicitated for doing what she did.

The identity of the woman is still unknown, but she has definitely left a lot of people startled.

The lady is receiving praises from all sections, but it is also bit weird that no one ever had made any issue regarding such a dark-age custom.

The very fact that villagers washed the temple with milk proves that the custom is not going to end. This practice is not something new to Indian villages as it prevails in many temples across the nation.

Women activists across the country slammed this practice, but the question that should be asked is- how this temple and this prohibition on the entry of women were never talked about before. In the 21st century, such discriminatory customs practiced in our country is a disgrace.

While the government and the opposition are busy debating the ‘intolerance’ issue, this question needs to be asked how come this custom doesn’t get debated under the ambit of intolerance?

Apparently, the issues related to women are in waiting list. First, the government appears to solve its party issues which include how to win elections and then, if the need be, they would move on to the issues of minorities, corruption etc and, maybe in the absence of any other issue, they might feel like discussing these women-centric issues.

This leaves Indian women with only two options, one, wait for their turn or go out of their zone and replicate this woman who went and made a laugh out of this absurd custom.

The biggest impact of her act is that she successfully brought the issue in light and now it is up to authorities to do something about it. Today everyone is talking about it and yesterday people were not even aware of it.

This case should inspire everyone to break the rules that are not justified and redundant for a society claiming to become vishwaguru again.