After the Shani Shingnapur temple, the Kolhapur district’s Mahalaxmi temple opened its door for women devotees. The Mahalaxmi temple did not allow women to enter its sanctum sanctorum. The age old tradition is changed now. There five women devotees entered the inner sanctum of Kolhapur’s historic Mahalaxmi temple under the vigilant eye of police and the district authorities on 11th April 2016, Monday.
Though the temple was always open to men and women alike, women were not allowed inside the inner sanctum/Shrine (gabhara/ Garbhgruh) of the temple.
Bombay high court ordered all places of worship in Maharashtra to allow women inside if men were given entry. The state government agreed court’s order. And it will change the rules in the coming months.
The Shani Shingnapur Mandir opened its door for women in last week. The leader of Ranragini Bhumata Brigade, Trupti Desai said that, “This is yet another historic step in the crusade against the ban on women from entering temples. We laud the courage of these women.”
“We are happy that we have launched our agitation from Shani Shingnapur, and it succeeded. Earlier, the Maharashtra Government had taken a wrong decision. The Chief Minister was wrong, but now he has agreed and won’t stop us from going to inner sanctum of the temple.” Trupti Desai said.
After the Samiti as well as the priests of Mahalaxmi Temple said that they were not opposed to women entering the inner sanctum, eight women today went into the sanctum and performed a puja, the police officer said.