On Sunday, a 31-year-old woman tried to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. Women devotees between the age group of 10-50 are not allowed to enter the temple.
The woman, a resident of West Godavari district in Telangana, was detained by police at Sannidhanam, the temple complex.
The woman was NOT an activist who tried to rebel agaist the custom of not allowing women to enter Sabarimala. The woman in question, Parvathy, told the police that she was not aware of the rule.
Parvathy was not carrying the traditional “irumudi” — a small bundle containing coconut, ghee, turmeric and sandal paste offered to the deity — either.
The police also said she took a different route to get to the temple complex called the Sannidhanam.
CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT BY TRAVANCORE DEVASOM BOARD PRESIDENT
In October, Travancore Devasom Board President Prayar Gopalakrishan, while talking to media in Kottayam, said: “Don’t try to make Sabarimala Thailand”, hinting that if women are allowed to enter, Sabarimala will become more of a tourist centre.
He asked, “What will be the situation if women between the age of 10 to 50 climb uphill under challenging weather conditions without any safety? Should we make Sabarimala Thailand?”
Saying it’s not a personal choice to not let women enter the temple, Gopalakrishnan said, “It’s for this reason that we are restricting women in this age group. It’s nothing personal. Both safety and rituals are equally important, we need to see both of these together. Even if the court says that women in this age group can enter Sabarimala, we are sure that no members from a dignified “believer’s” family will not step in.”