The outfit led by Trupti Desai had on January 26 made a high-voltage attempt to breach a similar ban at the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahamednagar district but vowed to carry on with its campaign for gender justice.
    
Choosing the occasion of Maha Shivratri to resume their campaign, the outfit urged the authorities not to block them as they had done during the earlier march.
    
The ancient temple in Trimbak town, located 30 km from Nashik, houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. The shrine has been turned into a fortress in view of the country-wide terror alert and also because of the flow of lakhs of devotees on account of the festival of Maha Shivratri.

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Desai, president  of Bhumata Brigade, who left Pune with nearly 150-175 activists as part of her plan to push for entry of women into the "garbhagriha" (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple, urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis to make sure that their members are not detained on the way, as the authorities did during the earlier campaign.
    
"Since Chief Minister had supported us on the Shani Shinganapur issue, we hope that we are not stopped today and will be allowed to enter the 'garbhagriha'," Desai said.
    
"Also, since a high alert has been announced, Nashik Police had requested us not to come in buses. Hence we are going by small vehicles. We have even reduced our women members and there are only 150-175 women, who will try to enter the sanctum in a peaceful manner," Desai said.

 

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