Women Priest – UPSC GS1

Utility: Can be used in Essays / answers related to Patriarchy, Women Empowerment etc.
Context: Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister remark that women could be appointed priests in temples.
Two major criticisms against the entry of women:
  • The fear of women coming in contact with men, and
  • Notions of purity and pollution, especially associated with menstruation.
Reasons to open temples to women priests:
  • Raj Kali Kuer vs Ram Rattan Pandey 1955 case:
    • This judgment noted that many priestly offices in Indian temples were hereditary. The Supreme Court held that women have the right to succeed to religious office.
    • The authority of men, or of Brahmins, to conduct rituals is not vested in any religious texts including Srimad Bhagvad.
  • Completing the Bhakti revolution: The single biggest achievement of the Bhakti movement is elevating the dignity of the emotion among the public and marginalizing the ritual conformism of Brahmanism. So, the Opening up of inner sanctum ritual to all people is in line with completing the Bhakti revolution
Now it is time for not only Hinduism, but also for all other religions to liberate religion from patriarchy.

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