Sri Sri Ravi Shankar supports women on campaign to enter Shani temple

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Mumbai, Jan 30: Days after women activists protested and demanded the entry of women into religious places, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met the trustees of the Shani Shingnapur shrine and asked them to resolve the tussle going on between them and women activists.

Ravi Shankar tweeted on Jan 27 and said: "Representatives of temple Shani Shingnapur will call on me tomorrow. Preliminary talks have indicated a positive outcome."

Sri Sri intervenes in temple issue

Backing women activists, Ravi Shankar said that the protest was justified and that no where in the scripture female devotees are discriminated.

Ravi Shankar said: "Women are justified (in seeking to enter the sacred sanctum of the temple) as there was no sanction to gender discrimination in our scriptures.

If men can enter, women too can. Different temples follow different rules, but if men can enter a place, (of worship) women can also do so. There is no scriptural sanction for any gender discrimination."

He goes on to add: "In some ways this is good that people are taking a stand, in another way we need to bridge the gap. It should not become just an ego issue and people hold on to their stands."

Meanwhile, Congress on Wednesday backed the agitation demanding that the ban be lifted.

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