Maharashtra Temple ‘Purifies’ Idol After Woman Offers Puja


Woman Performs Puja In Male-Only Temple In Maharashtra
A temple in Maharashtra performed a ‘purification’ ceremony and suspended six of its workers after a woman was allowed to perform a puja in a traditionally male-only establishment.

According to The Hindu, A Lord Shani temple in Ahmadnagar district of Maharashtra performed a ‘purification puja’ on Sunday after a young woman offered worship to the idol placed on a platform from where women are traditionally barred.

Authorities at the Shani Shingnapur temple also suspended seven workers for “negligence” while one trustee resigned taking moral responsibility.

The incident took place on Saturday afternoon when the woman, whose identity is unknown, caught security personnel unawares and climbed the platform to perform puja. According to the temple authorities, it all happened within 30 seconds. A few devotees confronted her after the incident but eventually let her go.
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