Skimpily clad women banned at Maharana Pratap museum in Udaipur
The move comes after a group of girls visited the centre in skirts, prompting caretaker and RSS leader Om Prakash to issue the diktat, stating that it was a national pilgrimage centre.jaipur Updated: Dec 09, 2016 22:49 IST
Pratap Gaurav Kendra (PGK), a museum showcasing the life and times of Mewar ruler Maharana Pratap near here, has banned women wearing short and revealing dresses.
Caretaker Om Prakash announced the decision on Friday after a group of girls visited the centre in skirts last week.
The centre, spread over 5 acres at Tiger Hill in at Bargaon area, has temples within the campus, besides the 57-foot-high metal statute of Maharana Pratap in a sitting posture.
“Can you expect women going to offer prayers wearing such clothes?” Om Prakash, who is also a senior RSS leader, asked.
He also said that PGK was a ‘Rashtriya Tirtha’ (national pilgrimage centre) for the Sangh, which is considered the political mentor of BJP, and so skimpily clad women will not be allowed inside.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had laid the foundation in 2008 in the presence of state chief minister Vasundhara Raje and others. He also inaugurated the centre on November 28 this year, but it was thrown open for public last Friday by senior RSS leader Durgadas.
The first ticket was auctioned for Rs 2 lakh and revenue from the ticket sale will be used for maintenance of the centre, Prakash said.
The centre has four galleries with more than 300 paintings on lives of Maharana Pratap and other famous warriors of the region such as Bappa Rawal, Rana Sanga and Hadi Rani.
Three movies on Mewar’s history will be shown in Bharat Darshan Deerga, a large amphitheatre within the complex.