This tradition has been going on for centuries …
So many times you and we have heard that the entry of women in such and such temple is forbidden or that women should not come to the temple at this time, but do you know that there are temples in India where men are also forbidden Or was forbidden before. Somewhere the arrival of married men is forbidden, while elsewhere there is complete ban on the arrival of men. In such a situation, today we are telling you about seven temples of such country. Although these temples do not have rules like Sabarimala, the belief says that men should not go inside here.
In the past, there have been disputes in many religious places about the entry of women and women have decided to go to religious places. Like in 2017, Trupti Desai decided to go inside the temple of Shani Shiganapur and she was stopped. In the same way now happened in Sabarimala, overall there are many temples where women are considered inauspicious and this tradition has been going on for centuries, but those who oppose the Langing inequality do not know that there are such temples in India. Are where men are forbidden or ever forbidden.
1. Santoshi Mata Temple (Jodhpur, Rajasthan)
There is a huge temple of Santoshi Mata in Jodhpur which holds mythological beliefs. However, if we see the historical story of worship of Santoshi Mata, then it became more popular in the 1960s, not before that. Women are allowed to do special poojas on Friday in the temple of Santoshi Mata and only women keep this fast. The fast stories tell the story of Satyavati, a devotee of Santoshi Mata. In such a situation, men are not allowed to leave here on Friday. However, this prohibition is only for one day, but it is still considered necessary.
2. Temple of Brahma Dev (Pushkar, Rajasthan)
There is only one temple of Brahma in the whole of India and that is in Pushkar, this temple holds historical recognition and no man who is married can come here. It is believed that if the men who have started married life will come here, then their life will be sad. Men go to the temple courtyard, but only women do the puja inside.
According to the legend, Brahma had to perform a yajna at Pushkar and Mata Saraswati came late for that yagna, so Brahma married Goddess Gayatri and completed the yagna. After this, Goddess Saraswati got angry and cursed that no married man would go to Brahma’s temple.
3. Attukal Temple (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala)
The Attukal Temple in Kerala is one such temple where only women could offer to Goddess at the time of Pongal till 2017. This is the temple whose name was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records because 35 lakh women came here together. This in itself was the largest such procession of women who had gathered for any religious work.
Bhadrakali is worshiped in the Attukal temple and the legend is that Kannagi, who is considered as Bhadrakali, was married to Kovalan, the son of a wealthy family, but Kovalan looted all the money on a dancer and when he realized his mistake By then it was ruined. Kannagi had a prized anklet left to go to Kovalan, the court of the Madurai king.
At the same time the queen’s anklet was stolen and Kovalan was convicted and beheaded. After this Kannagi showed his second anklet and cursed Madurai to burn. Kannagi attained Moksha after that, it is believed that Bhadrakali stays in the Attukal temple for 10 days during Pongal.
4. Kottankulangara / Bhagwati Devi Temple (Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu)
This temple is located in Kanyakumari and worships Maa Bhagwati or Adi Shakti, which is considered as Durga. Men are not allowed in this temple. Here too only women come to worship. The eunuchs also have the freedom to worship in this temple, but if men want to come here, they will have to make sixteen adornments completely.
It is believed that the goddess had come here to perform penance so that Lord Shiva could meet her as a husband. Another belief says that the backbone of Sati Mata fell here and after that the temple was built here. It is also a symbol of renunciation, so monks can go to the temple gate, but not even before that.
5. Chakkulathukavu Temple (Nirattupuram, Kerala)
This temple is also from Kerala. Every year, there is Nari Puja in November / December on the occasion of Pongal. In this puja, male priests wash the feet of women. That day is called Dhanu. On this day even priestly men cannot go inside the temple. At the time of Pongal, 15 days before women start appearing here. Women bring with them rice, jaggery and coconut to make pongal and be given as prasad. This temple is dedicated to Maa Durga.
This temple is also called the Sabarimala of women. This temple is mentioned in the Hindu Purana Devi Mahatmayam. The goddess was remembered by all the gods for killing two demons named Shumbha and Nishumbha because they could not die at the hands of a man. Devi had killed both by coming here.
6. Mata Temple of Muzaffarpur (Muzaffarpur, Bihar)
There is a temple of a goddess in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, where men are forbidden for a limited time. The rules of this temple are so strict that even a male priest cannot come here during this period and only women worship here.
7. Kamakhya Temple (Guwahati, Assam)
With respect to the Kamakhya temple in Assam, it is believed that this is the temple where the goddess is worshiped during her period. Women can also come here during periods. Priests are also women here. The menstrual cloth of Mata Sati is considered very sacred, this temple is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas.
It is believed that when Sati Mata had killed herself by jumping into her father’s Havan Kund, then Shiva became so angry that he began to orgy with Sati’s body. To save the world from Lord Vishnu, Sati’s body was cut off with the Sudarshan Chakra. There were 108 pieces of Sati which became Shakti Peetha wherever they fell on the earth. In Kamakhya, mother Sati’s womb and her vagina fell, that’s why the idol is also a vagina and there is a womb in the temple. The Goddess of this temple has Mahavari for three days in a year.