We are living in the 21st century in which women have reached into space and are believed to be equal to men. Women give tough competition to men in any field but still in our country ,they are not allowed to enter Sabarimala temple , Shani Shingnapur temple owing to the outdated mindset of the priests who do not allow women to enter these temples.
Do you know there is a temple in Haryana where the entry of women is strictly banned?
The people belonging to this area hold the belief that if a lady will visit this temple, she will become a widow.
History of the Temple
It is believed that this Mandir was established at the time of Mahabharat and presently it is located in the Kurukshetra region of Haryana state. About 20 kms away from Kurukshetra area, there is this Pehowa Saraswati Temple where the women are denied to enter from centuries.
Which god resides in this temple?
Centuries old this temple belongs to Karthikeya, Mahadev’s son. The God Karthkeya is worshipped in this holy place.This is the only temple of Kartikeya in the whole country within which the women are strictly prohibited. Although women can enter the temple complex , but they are not allowed to go inside the main temple.
Why women are not allowed inside the temple premises?
Restriction on the entry of women into the temple is backed by the belief or superstition that if a woman visits Kartikeya temple, she will remain a widow for seven lives. According to the priest of the temple, Mahant Sitaram Giri the story goes like that one day Karthikeya got angry due to his mother( Parvati ) andconsigned his flesh and blood to flames following which he was allowed to go to the shrine of Pehowa by Lord Shiva. Then the saints applied warm mustard oil on Karthikeya’s body and after that he was enthroned on this place. Since then the tradition of offering mustard oil at this place is followed.
The board kept in the temple complex It is strictly mentioned on the board that is kept outside the temple that women should neither go inside nor look back at the temple.
That is why there is a burning flame is kept inside the temple , but no lights are installed as such. Though women can still take the blessings of the head priest outside the temple. The entry is not only banned for married women but newly born girls are also not allowed inside the temple premises.