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Women Can Now Perform Puja Inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Sri Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur

Women were never allowed to enter the Garbha Griha or Sanctum Sanctorum of the 7th century SriMahalakshmiTemple in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Only men were allowed to perform the puja inside the Sanctum Sanctorum. But after protests from various women organizations, now the authorities have changed the age-old tradition and women can now perform puja inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of the MahalaxmiTemple. Note – Many people from South India will be surprised reading this news as only priests are allowed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of Temples in South India. This is a practice strictly followed in most temples in South India. But in many temples in north and western parts of India devotees are allowed inside the Garbha Griha and they can touch and offer prayers and offerings to the murti directly. The Hindu reports
Kolhapur Collector Laxmikant Deshmukh and Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Satej Patil on Friday announced that women would henceforth be allowed to enter the sanctum sancto…

Uma Chaturthi Vrat 2018 date in Bengal and Orissa

Uma Chaturthi Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Uma. The vrat is more popular in eastern parts of India especially in Orissa, Jharkhand and Bengal. Uma Chaturti Vrat 2018 date is May 17. It is observed on the fourth day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Jyeshta month as per calendars followed in Orissa.

Uma Chaturthi vrat is based on the tough austerities undertaken by Goddess Parvati to get Shiva as her husband. It must be remembered that Shiva had forsaken the world after Sati’s death. Goddess Sati appeared again as Parvati but Shiva did not show any interest in marrying her and led a life of ascetic. Parvati then performed severe austerities to get Shiva as husband.

Women perform the rituals for the welfare of the family and for a happy and peaceful life. The ritual is quite similar to the famous Hartalika Vrat observed in North India.