Published On: Sat, Aug 27th, 2016

All-women temple that opens its doors to men only on Janmashtami

Janmashtami is being celebrated with traditional gaiety and religious fervour in Phagwara, Goraya, Bilga, Phillaur, Noormahal and Nakodar tomorrow. All temples are being beautifully decorated and several tableaux, depicting the life of Lord Krishna, have been put on display.
Shri Sindoora Devi Temple of Phagwara is the only temple in the region where the entry of men is restricted throughout the year except on Janmashtami when the doors are open to them as well. Otherwise, it is an all-women temple and the guru at the temple is also a woman —- Mata Sandhooran Devi.
The temple was established six decades back by Sandhooran Devi, a Sadhvi, then in her early teens. She made a rule that only girls or women can access temple to pay obeisance.
Sandhooran Devi is said to have started the tradition so that no wrong perceptions were created.
Meanwhile the Sadhvi, who always inspires the people to work for the unity of the country and preserve its traditions and culture besides promoting women empowerment, has been admitted to the DMC, Ludhiana, in a critical condition due to multiple organ failure and is on a ventilator.

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