Sabarimala Row: What Went Down After the Verdict
The Kerala government on Monday, 12 November, filed a preliminary objection plea in the Kerala High Court stating that the entry of non-Hindus in Sabarimala temple cannot be restricted.
The government filed an affidavit in the court opposing the plea filed by BJP leader TG Mohandas, who sought that entry of non-Hindus be prohibited in the temple. The government’s plea stated, “ It is a historically accepted fact that Sabarimala is a secular temple where entry of devotees is not restricted on the ground of any caste or religion.”
- The doors to Ayyappa temple were opened on Monday, 5 November, for the second time in three weeks for two-days
- Kerala witnessed violent protests in October by people opposing the Supreme Court’s verdict
- Multiple women had tried entering the shrine amid protests but all were forced to turn back by devotees
- In a 4:1 verdict, the Supreme Court had granted women of all age groups entry into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple in September
SC to Hear 4 Writ Petition In Open Court
The Supreme Court’s three-judge bench will hear four writ petition in Sabarimala case on Tuesday, 13 November, in an open court. A five-judge bench will then hear review petitions against the judgment, which allowed the entry of women into the temple.
Kerala Govt Files Preliminary Objection Plea
Kerala government has opposed a plea seeking ban on entry of non-Hindus in Sabarimala Temple and stated before the Kerala High Court that temple is "secular" and said that entry of devotees based on their religion cannot be prohibited.
According to LiveLaw, State Attorney KV Sohan filed the preliminary objection on Monday, 12 November, which stated, "It is a historically accepted fact that Sabarimala is a secular temple where entry of devotees is not restricted on the ground of any caste or religion."
550 Women of Barred Age Group Register Online For Prayers
A total of 550 women from the banned age group of 10 to 50 years have registered online for prayers at the Sabarimala temple during the upcoming festival season beginning on 16 November, NDTV reported.
The online registration was designed and developed by the police To regulate and streamline the devotees following unrest over the SC verdict to allow entry of menstruating women into the temple.
Kerala Police Launch Online Crowd Management Portal, Over 3 Lakh Register
Over three lakh people, including 539 women in the age group between 10-50 years, have registered on the online portal started by Kerala police for implementing Digitised Crowd Management System at the Sabarimala temple.
Sabarimala Shrine Closes Doors
The doors to the Lord Ayyappa temple closed Tuesday night after a two-day-long special puja, but no girl or woman pilgrim in the traditionally barred age group of 10-50 could offer prayers at the shrine.
Melshanthi (chief priest) Unnikrishnan Namboothiri closed the portals of the sanctum sanctorum after rendering the 'Harivarasanam', the lullaby for Lord Ayyappa, the celibate deity.