Trupti Desai offers prayers at Trimbakeshwar Temple, likely to meet PM Modi in May
Women were permitted entry into the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district on April 8 -- for the first time in over four centuries.
Nashik: Bhumata Ranragini Brigade president Trupti Desai, who started the campaign for women's entry to all places of worship in January, on Friday offered prayers at the inner sanctum of Trimbakeshwar temple, one of the 12 'Jyotirlingas' in the country, after being briefly stopped at gate.
Talking to reporters afterwards, Desai said she prayed to God that the way she was allowed to offer prayers at inner sanctum today, women across nation be allowed respectfully in all temples.
She also said that the activists would take their fight to national level and will meet PM Narendra Modi next month.
Heralding a major change, seven women activists led by the Swarajya Mahila Sanghatana (SMS) president Vanita Gutte were on Thursday allowed to enter the temple here even as locals observed a protest shutdown.
Amid tight security provided by police, three of them stepped inside the sanctum sanctorum and offered prayers, signalling a tectonic shift in the temple policy.
This happened 13 days after women were permitted entry into the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district on April 8 -- for the first time in over four centuries.