Sabarimala’s stakeholders against changing customs

Sabarimala temple stakeholders have termed as unacceptable any change in the ongoing practices at the shrine, particularly restrictions on the entry of women in the 10-50 age group.

Published: 30th July 2018 02:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2018 06:16 AM   |  A+A-

Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala temple ( File Photo)

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SABARIMALA: Sabarimala temple stakeholders have termed as unacceptable any change in the ongoing practices at the shrine, particularly restrictions on the entry of women in the 10-50 age group.
The stakeholders Pandalam Kottaram Nirvahana Samithi (PKNS), Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangham (ABASS) and Sabarimala Thiruvabharanapatha Samrakshana Samithi (STSS) said every temple has its own beliefs and practices, and their continuance is essential for its very existence and the protection of devotees’ sentiments.

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“The interpretation of the law connected with the ongoing beliefs and religious practices at Sabarimala should be made only after taking crores of devotees into confidence as well as seeking the opinion of various stakeholders,” said PKNS chairman P Rama Varma Raja.

“Being believed as ‘naishtika brahmachari’ (celibate) by devotees, the entry of women in the 10-50 age group will be something against the deity and the devotees’ sentiments,” Raja said.

He said the restriction on women during menstruation period is prevalent in other temples too.
“Any change in the customs and ongoing practices of Sabarimala will  be unacceptable and a matter of disappointment for Pandalam Palace,” Raja said.

ABASS, the voluntary organisation which has been taking care of Sabarimala pilgrims for the past seven decades, too opposed any change.

Its national vice-president D Vijayakumar said temple customs have a history of about 800 to 900 years. He added the curb on women were prevalent elsewhere, including Rajarajeshwara temple at Taliparamba, Kannur. He said women are allowed to worship only after athazha pooja at 7 pm.

STSS general convener Prasad Kuzhikala said it was not right to raise challenges and threats against the temple. The sentiment was echoed by the Thiruvabharana Pedakom Vahakar Samithi’s office-bearers Kulathinal Gangadharan Nair and Prathapachandran Nair.

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  • Prakash

    Stake holders? In a place of worship? Next we will have claims regarding exclusively being able to worship "god"!
    2 years ago reply

    It is very sad that an Institution like the Supreme Court is going against Values of Tradition. If this Judgement of Allowing Women in the age group of Active Mensus in the Name of Gender Equality
    2 years ago reply
    • Parameswaran S Nair

      Well opined Rohini Menon. After listening to the arguments from Senior lawyer Parasaran , where he explained the relevant clauses of constitution correctly, no Supreme Court Justice is going to allow the entry of Women between the age of 10 and 50
      2 years ago reply
    • Prakash

      Values of tradition are based on superstition and patriarchy. If anybody can factually prove why this ban exists in this day and age, then letc that person do so. Otherwise let us all be equals, whatever our gender. In fact belief in "god" is the biggest superstition facing human beings
      2 years ago reply
      • jay

        Mr Prakash . Where did you come from . Your own existance is due to god inside you . Else you are just a body . A dead body has brains too. But can a dead body think. Does yous scinence can make you live 200 years . Your soul is the god and it is not bound by time . Rest all physical things are bound by time . Think over your existence no person is equal every one is born eg ricb or poor , man or women , somem will have more intelligence, some will have more phycial power , some will have more mental power all born due to their karma. No person can make all equal. Also communisim is bound to fail due each person is unique .
        2 years ago reply
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