Women monks may have renounced the material world but they appear to have carried forward the concept of “ladies first” in their new life as well and want to implement the same at the ongoing Mahakumbh on the banks of the “Sangam” at Allahabad. The women monks, who were recently bestowed the title of “Mahamandaleshwar” (a religious title bestowed upon senior and respected saints) now want preference over the male saints and sadhus in taking the second “shahi snan” (royal bath–bathing at the sangam by the saints and sadhus of the13 akharas) scheduled on the occasion of “Mauni Amavsya” on February 10 next.

“The concept of ladies first is there in the entire world... the male saints and sadhus, too, cannot ignore it,” say the women monks and add that only the “Acharya Mahamandaleshwar” (senior to them) may precede them in taking the “shahi snan”.

“Women have been accorded the status of goddess in the Hindu religion. They have to be given preference,” said Ma Anandmayee Puri, a Mahamandaleshwar in the Niranjani Akhara.

I always let women go first. I mean, you never know what might be lurking on the other side of the door.


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