Women’s entry into temples: RSS told not to decide on controversial issues in haste



Goa-based Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has stated the RSS must seek advice from religious leaders before deciding on the controversial issue of entry of women into temples.

“The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to change the uniform of swayamsevaks after several rounds of discussions. Similarly, the Sangh Parivar should not decide on changing traditional practices in haste,” said HJS spokesperson Ramesh Shinde.

“It is better for the organisation to seek guidance from Shankaracharya before taking any stand on genderuality  equality, especially in religion,” he said.

The samiti’s statement came in the wake of RSS supporting women’s entry into temples. The RSS stated limiting women’s entry into temples was not fair and it was time for a change in people’s mentality.

“In case any dispute, Adya Shankaracharya has given authority to Acharya-Pitha and said that he could take a proper decision. Just as political decisions are taken in Parliament by MPs, religious decisions should be taken in dharma sansad,” said the statement.

The issue came to the fore after protesters led by activist Trupti Desai had recently demanded entry for women in temples at Shani Shingnapur and sanctum sanctorum of Trimbakeshwar temple.