Kerala's Sabarimala Temple is now open for devotees. For entering in the temple, covid19 negative report is compulsory.
The temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala, is situated on a hilltop about 4000 feet above sea level-- Sabarimala.
The apex court, by a majority verdict of 4:1, on September 28, 2018, had lifted the ban that prevented women and girls between the age of 10 and 50 from entering the famous Ayyappa shrine in Kerala and had held that this centuries-old Hindu religious practice was illegal and unconstitutional.
On January 4, after serving the notice to the tantri, Padmakumar said the purification ritual went against the directive of the Supreme Court that on September 28 allowed all women entry inside the shrine.
The Kerala government in its defense said the court that it has already provided security to the two women and added that ever since the Constitution Bench judgment of September 2018 lifted the ban, 51 women have already entered the temple shrine.
While talking to media in Dubai on Saturday, RaGa said that earlier he believed that women have equal rights in traditions and they should not be barred from prayers and worship, but some days back when the party people talked to public on the disputed issue, they realized that the traditionalist had a strong valid reason as per their belief.
Earlier, in the morning hours today, two women Bindu and Kanakadurga under the age of 50, allegedly entered the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.