Lotusimprints Blog » Blog Archive » Q&As: #2 Can women do puja and aratis?

The only places where there was some restriction was Vrndavana, and possibly Mayapur. This was due to Srila Prabhupada’s sensitivity to local caste sensitivities. Because the caste goswamis would not have accepted women on the altar doing arati, Srila Prabhupada restricted his women disciples from doing this. However, he did allow them to do the behind-the-scenes pujari work in Vrndavana, including the dressing of the Deities, when there was a shortage of male pujaris.

In Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta and other ISKCON temples in India, women were doing all the pujari work same as the men.

Some clarification of what Prabhupada intended in ISKCON… The last couple of articles from Hari Sauri I found to be topical and enlightening.

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President of the Hare Krishna Community in Melbourne Australia, amongst other things.
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