Having scaled Mt Everest despite being an amputee, why Arunima Sinha struggled in Mahakaal temple

Sinha had come to the temple at around 4.30 am on December 24 and was told about the tradition by the priests there

Having scaled Mt Everest despite being an amputee, why Arunima Sinha struggled in Mahakaal temple

The Ujjain temple authorities came out with an explanation a day after Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to scale Mount Everest, alleged that her disability was mocked at when she visited the Mahakal temple here.

The temple authorities explained that a specific “dress code” had to be followed to enter the sanctum sanctorum.

It need be mentioned that Madhya Pradesh’s Women and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

They also claimed that the men had to be clad in “dhotis” (shola) while women had to wear a saree to enter the sanctum sanctorum during the “bhasma aarti”, a unique practice observed at the temple in the early hours every day.

It was informed that Sinha had come to the temple at around 4.30 am on December 24 and was told about the tradition by the priests there.

Sharma said generally, those not wearing a dhoti or a saree were allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum but the entry was restricted during the “bhasma aarti”.

The temple authorities also made public the CCTV footage in their defence.

The 29-year-old mountaineer also said she did not intend to seek an apology from anyone over the incident.

In a statement, the minister said she had asked the Ujjain divisional commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the incident.

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