It’s not unusual when we hear that women are not allowed in certain temples in India, but this is unusual because there are some temples where men are not allowed! Let’s take a look at the list.
Kumari Amman Temple In Kanyakumari
The Kumari Amman temple in Kanyakumari has Maa Bhagawati Durga in its sanctum sanctorum. The temple allows unmarried men or ‘sanyasis’ to enter only till the gate of the temple. In contrast, married men are not even allowed to enter the premises of the temple.
This temple is believed to be where the Hindu Goddess ‘Parvati’ did penance to gain Lord Shiva as her husband; therefore, only women are allowed in this temple of Kanyakumari Kanya (virgin).
Brahmaji Temple (Rajasthan)
Brahmaji temple(Rajasthan) is one of the most famous temples of Lord Brahma. Wedded men aren’t authorized to enter this 14th-century temple, and according to the religious texts, Lord Brahma performed a ritual sacrifice at the Pushkar Lake.
He had to perform this with his wife, Goddess Saraswati. But Goddess Saraswati was late for the event, so he married Goddess Gayatri and completed the ritual as it was an important ritual. The angry Goddess Saraswati cursed the temple. She cursed that no married man should be allowed to enter the inner sanctum. Otherwise, they will have trouble in their marriage life.
Kamakhya Temple In Andhra Pradesh
It denies the entry of men for some days every month. The temple restricts men from entering for at least four to five for women’s privacy during their menstruation cycle. It’s one of the most significant yet holy temples in India where men are not allowed.
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple In Kerala
Kerala’s Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is a temple in the country known to be a dominant women temple. The temple’s Pongala festival is participated by millions of women and has even made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.
This festival is considered the largest gathering of women for any religious activity.
Pongala is a 10-day festival that falls between February and March. Here, women offer bangles to the goddess.
Mata Temple In Bihar
Mata Temple in Muzaffarpur in Bihar only allows women during the time of “periods.” This temple follows its rules so strictly that even male priests cannot enter the temple premises during that time.
The temple turns into a women-only as the goddess is believed to be menstruating then at that critical time.
So it is the end of the list, and these temples’ customs prohibit the entry of men and instead give women a warm welcome to worship the deity and take part in the puja proceedings.