Climate Change Forcing Odisha Temple To Lift 400-Year-Old Ban On Men Touching Idols
December 26, 2019
Ma Panchubarahi in Satabhaya village is unlike any other temple in the country. Men can’t touch the five idols in this sea beach shrine; only married Dalit women from the local fishing community have the exclusive privilege of performing rituals.
There has been no exception for 400 years. With rising sea waters — brought on by climate change — threatening the very existence of the temple, the curb has been reluctantly lifted.