Change of heart : Govt invites Sabarimala tantris for discussions

Thiruvananthapuram : Apparently taking note of statewide protests against recent Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala, the government has invited the tantris (temple priests) there to discuss the judgement. Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran will hold the talks Saturday.

Several Hindu organisations across parties,are  protesting entry of all women into the sacred shrine, as ruled by the apex court last month.

Govt stand to allow women of all ages, too has not gone down well with the masses. Rival parties accused the Left govt of ignoring religious sentiment of it’s population.

Govt refusal to file a review petition infuriated believers more.

Surendran will debate the matter with top priests : Kandraru Rajeevararu, Kandraru Mohanararu and Kandraru Mahesh Mohanararu. members of Devaswom Board, the Trust that manages the famed temple – will also be present at the discussion.

The backdrop
A group of five women challenged Kerala state rule that bars entry of women between ages 10 – 50 at the famed Sabarimala Temple. The petitioners argued that the rule violates fundamental right to equality and discriminates women. The Kerala High Court previously upheld the restriction on entry of women and the case came before Supreme Court in 2006.

On 29 Sep, Supreme Court ended the age-old ban holding that devotion cannot be subjected to discrimination and patriarchal notion cannot be allowed to trump equality in devotion.

For centuries, women of menstrual age were restricted from entering the temple as its presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is considered celibate.

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