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Kerala Government: Women activists won’t be allowed inside Sabarimala Temple

Until any legal intervention by the Supreme Court the Kerala Government intends to honor the age-old customs of the Sabarimala Temple

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Kerala, December 26, 2016: The Kerala government today announced that the entry of Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai will not be allowed in the Lord Ayyappa temple here, even as the activist plans to lead 100 odd women to the famous hill shrine in Sabarimala.

The entry of women between 10-50 years is strictly prohibited in the temple.

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Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran told reporters,”The Sabarimala temple is administered by Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) and its traditions and rules are applicable to everyone. The matter with regard to entry of women of all age groups is already before the Supreme Court. There will be no change in the tradition and customs until a decision is taken by the Supreme Court.”

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Last month the enthusiasts took an initiative to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court demanding the right of women of all ages to be allowed to enter the religious institution.

It was recently mentioned by Trupti Desai that she would be visiting the Lord Ayyappa temple next month with 100 odd activists and there was no change in her plans.

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Desai had earlier rallied for the allowance of women at places like Shani Shingnapur, Trimbakeshwar Shiva temple and Haji Ali dargah.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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Sabarimala Tantri Gets More Time to Explain Purification Rituals

Vijayan had said that Rajeeveru has every right as a person to differ with the court order but if he was not able to digest the verdict, he could well have quit his post

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Sabarimala temple custodian, the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), on Monday extended time to Tantri Kantararu Rajeeveru to explain why a “purification” ritual was conducted following the visit of two women devotees to the Lord Ayyappa shrine just after New Year, said a board official.

“Till Sunday he was at Sabarimala. Now that he is free, he might have to take opinion from others before he gives his reply. So we gave him another 15 days time,” TDB president A. Padmakumar told the media here.

“Generally when a normal purification ritual is done, the tantri does not need to take the permission of the TDB, but what happened on January 2, was not a normal one,” Padmakumar added.

The temple was shut for an hour around 10.30 a.m., on January 2, for “purification rituals” after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed two women — Bindu Ammini and Kanaka Durga, belonging to the hitherto banned age group — completed a ‘darshan’ at 3.30 a.m. in Sabarimala.

“We have asked for an explanation from him (Rajeeveru), why the TDB permission was not sought,” said Padmakumar.

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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.

Action against the tantri for closing the shrine to conduct the “purification” ritual would depend on his explanation of the action, especially as Vijayan had asked the TDB to take a serious look into the matter.

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Confirming the entry of Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini then, the Chief Minister had said that the state abided by the apex court directive and had come down heavily on the tantri for the blatant violation.

Vijayan had said that Rajeeveru has every right as a person to differ with the court order but if he was not able to digest the verdict, he could well have quit his post. (IANS)