Kerala, Sep 28, 2018 : The Supreme Court’s verdict allowing entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple, was "disappointing", but the ’Tantri family’ will accept it, Sabarimala head priest Kandararu Rajeevarau told PTI.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, said that banning entry of women to Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, is gender discrimination and that the practice violates rights of Hindu women.
A Tantri is the Vedic head priest of Hindu temples in Kerala.
Travancore Devaswom Board President, A Padmakumar, told PTI that the Supreme Court’s verdict would be studied in detail and further course of action would be decided after that.
According to Padmakumar, the board had informed the court that they wanted to continue with the existing ritual practices. However, post the verdict, they have no other option but to implement it.
However, he said that the board would take steps to execute the Apex Court directive= and would study the judgement seriously.
Rahul Easwar, President of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena, told PTI that they (the board) were going for a review petition.
Easwar is the grandson of late Sabarimala priest Kandararu Maheswararu, who died in May, 2018.
The court pronounced its verdict on a clutch of pleas challenging the ban on entry of women of menstrual age in Kerala’s Sabrimala temple, saying that law and society are tasked with the task to act as levellers.
courtesy : Yahoo