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Kerala Women Who Made History By Wearing Blouses To Velur Temple

BP World Bureau | Mar 08 2021 09:23:42 AM
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Several Kerala women made history in 1956 by breaking traditions to enter Manimalarkavu Devi Temple while wearing blouses. 

17-year-old Meenakshi Vellarottil alongside 22 other women went to the temple wearing red blouses, mundum neriyathum, carrying thaalams (plates carrying lamps and flowers) for a ritual at the festival.

Prior to 1956, women from marginalised caste were able to enter without their blouses. 

Women who were entering the temples had to seek protection from police officers and communist leaders. 

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On the anniversary of the historic day, she was honoured by the Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham (PuKaSa), an association of artists and writers.

The day in 1956 came to be known as the Velur maarumarakkal (breast-covering) protest.