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Women and Sabarimala The Science behind Restrictions

Author Name: Sinu Joseph | Format: Paperback | Genre : Religion & Spirituality | Other Details

Women and Sabarimala is an answer to the question “why aren’t women of menstrual age allowed to enter Sabarimala?” This book presents a never-before discussed perspective on the science behind the restrictions on women in the Sabarimala temple.

Women and Sabarimala is a rare book and is written from a woman’s perspective, explaining the nature of the temple through India’s traditional knowledge systems, such as Ayurveda, Chakras, Tantra and Agama Shastra. At the same time, the author’s personal experiences simplify the understanding of these deep sciences, providing a glimpse into how temples impact the human physiology and, in particular, women’s menstrual cycles. This book will change the way Hindu temples, especially Sabarimala, are perceived and experienced. 

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Sinu Joseph

Sinu Joseph is the co-founder and Managing Trustee of Mythri Speaks Trust. She has done extensive action-research in the areas of menstrual and reproductive health since 2009. She has travelled across India, interacting with more than 20,000 adolescent girls and women, to get a first-hand experience of menstrual practices and their impact on women’s health. 

Stepping away from popular narratives that focus on menstrual products, her work has explored native methods and cultural practices around menstruation. Through her blog, she has written extensively on unearthing the science behind native practices and bringing forth a unique narrative, which is the Bharatiya perspective, on menstruation. She has studied several Hindu temples, religious restrictions owing to menstruation and their impact on women’s menstrual health. Her study on Sabarimala and the associated Sastha temples explore the way consecrated spaces can alter women’s menstrual cycles.

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