Foreign women visiting the Kashi Vishwanath Temple would have to wear Indian attire and also have to follow the rituals of the temple.
The rule has been made by the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Nyas Parishad and the Varanasi district administration especially for the foreigners who used to come in clothes above the knees.
However, the temple management will provide Indian traditional clothes to the women coming in short clothes, along with changing rooms.
Though the temple administration is denying naming it as ‘dress code, the rule has been passed in a meeting held a few days back.
Meanwhile, Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan has stoked up a controversy saying that women will be allowed to enter the famous Sabarimala Temple only when ‘a machine is invented to scan if it is the right time for a women to enter the temple.’
Prayar Gopalakrishnan, who has been recently appointed as the Devaswom Board President said, “Now there are machines which can scan bodies and check for weapons. There will be a day when machine is invented to scan if it is the right time for a woman to enter the temple. When that machine is invented, we will talk about letting women inside.”
The famous hill shrine in Kerala which sees crores of devotees from across the country in the pilgrimage season doesn’t allow the entry of women in the menstrual age group.
Sabarimala temple authorities had earlier this month said that women can be allowed in the temple once a machine that scans menstruating women ‘just like the ones that check for weapons’ is invented.
This has led to a huge outrage with one campaign by name ‘Happy To Bleed’ being launched on Saturday asking women to “to hold placards/sanitary napkins/charts saying Happy To Bleed” and post the pictures on their profiles or the campaign page “to oppose the shame game played by patriarchal society since ages.”(ANI)