Despite the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to lift restrictions on the entry of women at Sabarimala hill shrine in central Kerala, India, women are still barred from entering to the temple. Two women on Wednesday (Jan 2), made history by entering the temple without any protection.
The Sabarimala temple was historically closed to women between 10 and 50. Speaking to media, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said “it is a fact that the women have entered the temple”. Hours after the entry of women was confirmed by the police and temple administration, the thanthri (priest) carried out ‘purification rituals’ by closing the sanctum sanctorum. Since the purification ceremony is on, devotees have been asked to move out of the shrine. Protests were erupted in various parts of Kerala against the entry of two women in their forties into the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, police said. BJP workers waved black flags at Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran in Guruvayur where he had gone to attend a function.
Sabarimala is a Hindu temple in Kerala, India. Traditionally, women between age from 10 to 50 cannot enter into the temple of respect to the celibate nature of the deity in this temple. A Kerala high-court judgement legalized this practice and forbade women from entering the temple since 1991. In September 2018, a judgement of the Supreme Court of India ruled that all pilgrims regardless of gender, including women in the menstruating age group, should be allowed entrance to Sabarimala.
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17 November, 2019