What is it that keeps the Shani Shingnapur temple in the controversy? I mean there ought to be something in this place of worship that women are ready to brave the police force, while the temple trustees were till last week reluctant to let women in.
And when we thought everything has been settled by the court ruling to give equal opportunity to all, one head swami from Dwaraka-Sharda Peeth opens his mouth to change the course of the controversy towards him.
Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati recently commented that the entry of women in the Shani temple will make them vulnerable to rapes. The 94-year-old swami, who loves to create mischief with his illogical comments, has reasoned that Shani being the god of sins, will do the women more bad than good.
Although we could dismiss the swami’s sayings as mere ramblings of a senile man, there’s something that strikes me. Why it that a particular section of women is so hell bent on barging onto the temple? It took them four months to break a 400-year-old misogynist tradition.
While I respect Bombay High Court’s order to let a sense of equality prevail, I just wonder why the women were so adamant on entering the sanctum sanctoram? Did they have a particular wish to make in front of the Shani devta? If so, what was that they were going to wish…
May be wishing for reformation of their wayward husband, or may be the bad luck that has been following their daughter, who has not been able to find a suitable groom, or may be to ward off the evil from their son’s head so that his US visa gets approved.
Hinduism believes in all forms of gods; so why did the women wanted to appease the ‘Shani Maharaj’ of the Shingnapur temple so badly? Or was it a deep desire to taste the “forbidden fruit” that men made it to be 400 years ago, when they decided “impure” women will pollute the sanctity of the temple?
I mean temples are nowadays private properties of trustees, and they can implement any bizarre rule that they want to implement. We all are aware of the booming business that rich temples run, right from the flower mafia to the prasad mafia. It’s a nexus that thrives on the fear and reverence of thousands of devotees.
The women could have just let the temple be, for who wants to enter a temple that thinks you are impure? And why to wait in long queues to have darshan of a god, who will only make you a prospective “rape victim”? I am sure the country is dotted with innumerable temples for all deities who will bless you, not withstanding your gender.