There are some places in India where women are not allowed. These places are mostly religious temples that strictly abide by the rule and prohibit the entry of women, but there are places other than temples. Let’s look at the list:

1.   Lord Ayappa Temple, Sabarimala

1.	Lord Ayappa Temple, Sabarimala

This temple doesn’t allow women in the age group of 10-50 years to enter. The temple has been following this rule for centuries, even though India’s apex judicial body has pointed out that this practice disturbs gender equality in India. Yet, no strict action has been taken against this rule.

Women menstruating is the reason for the prohibition as it is considered impure. And the women and girls that belong to this particular age group are most likely to menstruate.

2.  Patbausi Satra, Assam

Patbausi Satra, Assam

The Patbausi Satra temple in Assam doesn’t allow women to enter to prevent the temple from impurity. As they have been practicing this belief of women menstruating makes the temple impure.

In 2010, the governor of Assam tried to live this stereotypical belief by entering the temple, taking some along. But it was a failed attempt, and till the date and more to come, women aren’t allowed to enter this temple.

3. Nizamuddin, Dargah

Nizamuddin Dargah

They have a rigorous rule of not allowing women to the sanctum and are just allowed till the periphery. The belief there are some days in a month where women are impure (mensuration)

The 45-page petition cites a 2016 report by ThePrint that Women are not allowed to enter the Dargah sanctum sanctorum, where Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya rests because it is believed the dead can see women naked if they get too close.

The authorities in Dargah are quite strict about this rule and claim that women close to the authorities or the officials aren’t allowed.

4. Rishi Dhroom Ashram and Temple, Uttar Pradesh

In this temple, women are allowed to pray only from the outside. The devotees of Rishi Dhroom believe that he will get angry in the presence of a woman and that anger will cause drought-like situations in the area.

The devotees purified the temple with the waters of Ganges when a female leader of the ‘Bharatiya Janata Party’ had entered the temple to pray. So they believe women are impure, and if allowed to enter, the whole temple gets stained.

5. Kartikeya temple, Pushkar

Kartikeya temple Pushkar

This temple is for celebrating Lord Kartikeya’s brahmachari form, and celebrations and praying are a form of blessings.

They restrict women’s entry because they believe that women are not blessed but are cursed, which will lead to cursing the temple if allowed.

This is the end of the list, but there are many more temples that don’t allow women to enter and the reason is to do with mensuration and impurity, which is not appropriate. Do tell us what you think about these beliefs, which have prevailed for a very long time in India.