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Don’t allow both men and women in the inner sanctum: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sayaram Bankar, a former trustee of the temple trust said that they have also been invited by Sri Sri.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: February 8, 2016 10:09 am
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Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said Sunday that both men and women should take the blessings of the deity in Shani Shingnapur from a distance and that nobody should be allowed to enter the platform which gets slippery due to the excess oil poured by the devotees. Ravi Shankar, who was in Pune for Art of Living’s Pearls of Wisdom event, met the agitating organisation Bhumata Brigade’s leader Trupti Desai on the occasion. Desai, who was detained by Ahmednagar police on January 26, sought the intervention of Ravi Shankar and urged him to break the deadlock.

Talking on the occasion, Ravi Shankar said, “The blessings can be taken from a distance as well. The temple should follow the models of Kashi Vishwanath or Tirupati Balaji temple where no one is allowed to enter the core area and they have to take darshan from some distance. Plus, on the platform on the temple, the oil makes the surface slippery which can be dangerous for the devotees. However, there should be no discrimination based on gender as everyone has equal right to worship.”

However, Trupti Desai didn’t appear satisfied with the solution.

“If the temple disallows both men and women, there should be women priests to do the worship of the deity along with men priests.” Ravi Shankar agreed with Desai’s view. Trupti said that before everyone is banned from from entering the core area, women should offer last worship.


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  1. M
    Mar 31, 2016 at 8:23 am
    I have read regarding women worship activity in one yogic forum. I have also experienced kundalini syndrome because of my stupidity(said by sadguru) in yoga practices.. I will say there should be no ban, it should depend upon woman period awareness. Some times period creates problem to those women who are doing devotional activity with celibacy. Now a days no body is interested in celibacy and purity practices. Please read full(not half) forum. ID=704 Male and female reproductive biology is totally different. When any body practice meditation or devotional activities with preservation of reproductive fluid (at least in non sleeping mode) in his/her life. Then inner energies started to cultivate up(Kundalini/Chi/Prana/Qi/Ki activation). Due to difference in men and women reproductive biology it cultivates more in women during their ovalution(this time more egg other time less) hence it creates various physical symptoms to them. But in case of men cultivation is always in constant(body always indulge in creating sperm) amount. So from ancient days women are not allowed to do devotional practices during these days.
    1. N
      Feb 9, 2016 at 6:04 am
      wow!! what a solution. salute to you gurudev.
      1. Ravishanker Verma
        Feb 8, 2016 at 1:47 am
        Sri Sri Ravi shankar has given the most correct suggestion in this matter. Women right activists should understand certain basic things about their physical limitations( Particularly during their monthly periods).