Dhanya Sanal Becomes First Woman To Climb Sacred Mountain in India
Dhanya Sanal, 38, has climbed the Agasthyakoodam mountain in India, a biodiversity hotspot and the second highest peak of Kerala state, where only men were allowed for religious reasons.
Local tribespeople claim it is a custom that women don’t go near the temple at the hill top because they worship the Hindu sage Agastya Muni and the presence of women is seen as disrespecting its celibacy.
Last November however, the high court in Kerala ruled that restrictions on trekking could not be based on gender after a women’s group petitioned the court.
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