Coimbatore: Unfortunately, menstruation is still considered a taboo in India and many religious institutions prohibit menstruating women from entering as they are deemed ‘unclean’. However, one temple in India is trying to change that by allowing women to enter the inner sanctum and letting them worship the Goddess, while they are on their periods. Also Read - Religious Guru Says Women Who Cook During Menstruation Will Be Reborn As 'Bitch', Trolled Massively
This temple called Ma Linga Bhairavi, is situated in Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev ashram in Coimbatore. What’s more is that, while both women and men come to worship at the temple, only women are allowed to enter the inner sanctum and worship the Goddess. Also Read - Police Team Reaches College in Bhuj After Uproar Over Menstruation Check on Hostel Girls
“This is the total concept of Sadhguru. It was his intention that women should perform pooja and rituals in the temple,” one of the Upashika Ma Nirmala said.
In many parts of India, menstruation is still considered to be impure and menstruating girls and women are restricted from offering prayers and touching holy books. However, amid prevalent taboos, this temple is aimed at giving a positive message to the society.
Just a few days back, nearly 68 undergraduate students were taken out of their classrooms, paraded to the hostel washroom and forced to remove their underwears one by one to prove that they were not menstruating.
After that shameful episode, more outrage followed as a Gujarat religious leader said menstruating women who cook food for their husbands will be born as dogs in their next lives, while men who eat food prepared by women with periods will be reborn as bullocks.