Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union minister Venkaiah Naidu disagreed with Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati’s, 94, controversial comments on women’s entry into the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur temple.
He tweeted, “Politely disagree wid d views expressed by Swami Swaroopananda of Dwaraka Peetham about women’s entry in Shani Shingnapur temple will bring ill luck 2 them and give rise to crimes against them; and ascribed drought in Maharashtra to worship of Shirdi Saibaba.”
Naidu’s said this soon after the Shankaracharya said, “Women’s entry into the Shani temple will result in increase of crime such as rapes. By entering the temple, Shani’s eyes would fall on women and this would result in increase of rape incidents,” he added.
While on drought in Maharashtra, he said that it was that the ‘undeserving’ Saibaba is being worshipped, while the real gods are ignored. Hence this is happening in Maharashtra and particularly Shirdi. Hence the drought.”
Meanwhile, women activists terming the seer’s comments as outrageous on lifting of ban on entry of women in the Shani temple, sought an apology from the Shankaracharya.