Women’s entry in Shani Shingapur temple will cause more rapes: Swaroopanand

"Women should not feel triumphant about visiting the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra."

By: PTI | Dehradun | Updated: April 12, 2016 1:04 am
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Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has waded into a controversy by saying that entry of women in the Shani Shingnapur temple will lead to rise in crimes against them like rape.

“Women should not feel triumphant about visiting the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra. They should stop all the drum beating about what they have done. Worshipping Shani will bring ill luck to them and give rise to crimes against them like rape,” he told reporters in Haridwar yesterday.

A 400-year-old ban on entry of women into the shrine’s core area was lifted by the temple trust last week following advocacy group Bhoomata Brigade’s agitation against gender bias and the Bombay High Court order upholding the equal rights to worship.

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Noting that worshipping shani is not good for women, Swaroopanand said instead of exulting over visiting the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shinganapur temple, they should have done something about stopping men from consuming intoxicating substances under whose influence they commit crimes against them like rape.

Swaroopanand, who is the Shankaracharya of the Dwarka-Shardapeeth, is on a fortnight long visit to Haridwar.

Criticising his statement, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said his views need to be rejected as they are far removed from reality and the Indian Constitution.

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“Will the shankacharya answer that all these years women were not allowed into the temple so was there absolutely no problem that women faced,” she asked.

“How can he say that women going into the temple is going to lead to the destruction of women. So all these years women were not there but many women faced so many problems and issues,” she said.

Karat said the “thinking itself is far removed from reality, from India’s Constitution, from people of India’s experience, that just has to be rejected”.

Not a stranger to controversies, Swaroopanand also held the prevailing practice of worshipping Sai Baba in the temples of Maharashtra responsible for the drought in the state.

“Sai Baba has been installed in the temples of Maharashtra and deities like Ganesh and Hanuman have been placed at his feet. When those not meant to be worshipped are worshipped in temples, disasters like droughts are bound to happen,” he held.

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    Why
    Apr 11, 2016 at 9:42 pm
    Lol. Muslim how long u gonna hide ur head in ur azz?
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    1. W
      Why
      Apr 11, 2016 at 9:41 pm
      We? Change tht to u if u do it. Does hindu law says to stone women to death? If women is raped, is it becomes her fault? She cannot go anywhere alone, has to wear burkha?, no equal div of wealth?? R u high on afeem? Whtever bad stuff in hinduism is eradicated or being eradicated. Wht abt islam?
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        Haradhan Mandal
        Apr 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm
        Learned SAGE. The 'likes' that had guided us on the path of SPIRITUALITY and HIGH Philosophy. The 'likes' that will always show us the light on the path of Spirituality and HELP US explore our TRUE inner selves. Will teach us , explain to us, enlighten to us from the VAST COMPENDIUMS of ANCIENT 'TREASURE TROVES'. We are fortunate and BLESSED. A TRUE sage!
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          Maniktripathy
          Apr 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm
          Really....No wonder these so called "god-men" are a menace to the society...Wonder how fools tend to follow them...
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          1. G
            Genocide-1984 by
            Apr 11, 2016 at 1:18 pm
            WHO LEFT THE CAGE DOOR OPEN? HOW DID SWAROOPANAND ESCAPE?
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              ambadas
              Apr 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm
              swami doesn't have brain in his head. kuch bhi bakta hai.
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                Anand Drivedi
                Apr 11, 2016 at 6:11 pm
                I think its time someone puts Swami in a mental hospital.
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                  Anand Drivedi
                  Apr 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm
                  Which world is this old nut living in? He is no different from a Saudi Mullah. Wake up old man, its 2016, not Vedic times.
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