India, sometimes amazing India that welcomed all and sometimes strange India that restricted peoples by the name of god.
There are numerous places in India where specific people are not allowed to enter. Strange, isn’t it? But as a matter of fact, there are actually some holy places in India like temples where foreigners and non-Hindus are banned from visiting. Here are few other places where the entrance remains closed to Sonia Gandhi (foreigners in General) and non-Hindus.
Controversies are not new to Guruvayoor temple in Kerala and it became big news when prominent political leaders like Sonia Gandhi and Giani Zail Singh could not enter the temple because of its strict rules. Non-Hindu’s and foreigners are banned from entering this temple in spite of the wide protests from every sector of the society.
Jagannath temple of Puri has the maximum number of controversies in its name which begins with the banning of Indira Gandhi’s entry to the temple in the year 1984.Her marriage with Feroz Gandhi, a Parsi closed the temple gates before her and she had to see the temple from the nearby Raghunandan Library building.
Lingaraj temple at Bhubaneswar, described as ‘The truest fusion of dream & realty’ had to stop all the rituals for four hours recently as a 35-year-old Russian tourist entered the temple premises, which is off limits to non-Hindus. The priests even destroyed the ‘prasad’ worth more than Rs. 50,000 after performing ‘purification ceremony’, following the foreigner’s visit.
Mahalasa temple at Panaji put up the board ”Entry Restricted for Foreign Tourists” and temples such as Ramnathi and Mangueshi imposed dress codes for both domestic as well as foreign visitors.
1Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Padmanabhaswamy Temple (Thiruvananthapuram) credited with the title ‘The richest Temple in India’ and in the world has become the hotspot for pilgrimage tourists, with the unearthing of the treasure trove. The number of foreigners visiting the temple has increased considerably, but unfortunately, as non-Hindus are not allowed they have to peep from outside to get few glimpses and be satisfied by clicking some photographs