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Arunima Sinha, First Amputee To Conquer Everest, Defeated At Mahakal Temple

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| December 26 , 2017 , 13:26 IST

Padma Shri awardee, Arunima Sinha, who brought pride to the nation when she became the first amputee to scale Mount Everest, said that she felt "greater pain" in visiting the Mahakal temple in Ujjain, where she was mocked and stopped from visiting the inner sanctorum.

A former national-level volleyball player who had to have her leg amputated from below the knee after she was pushed out of a running train 6 years ago, Arunima shared her experience on Twitter.

She tweeted, "I am very sorry to tell you that I felt greater pain in visiting Mahakal temple (at Ujjain) than scaling the Everest. My disability was mocked at there (at Mahakal)".

Arunima broke down after she was stopped twice by security personnel when she tried entering the sanctorum of the Mahakal temple.

According to reports, the temple authorities cited improper attire for not allowing her to enter the shrine.

"They stopped me over my clothes... I was wearing a lower and a jacket. I showed them that I did not have a leg and said I would take only a minute, but they did not let me enter," Arunima said to NDTV.

"It was really sad. I've never faced such problems even on the mountain. They were almost going to shove me out," she said.

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After the incident, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said that the district administration has been asked to conduct an inquiry.

"You are the pride of India and you are welcome in Ujjain, the city of the Lord Mahakal," said Singh.

Mahakal Temple administrator Avdhesh Sharma said to PTI that Arunima did not file a complaint, but authorities will look through CCTV footage to "identify the guilty".