The petitioners alleged that the assumption of the temple is based on notions of menstrual impurity is “factually erroneous”.
The Supreme Court will consider today a batch of petitions seeking the recall of the constitution bench verdict allowing the entry of women in the age group of 10 to 50 years at Lord Ayyappa’s temple at Sabarimala.
The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and Indu Malhotra would consider the review petitions in their chambers at 3 pm.
Besides this, four more petitions relating to Sabarimala temple are listed for hearing today by a bench comprising Chief Justice Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph.
National Association of Ayyappa Devotees, Nair Service Society, and 17 other organizations have moved the review petition seeking recall of the September 28 verdict.
The five-judge Constitution Bench headed by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra had junked the age-old tradition of the Lord Ayyappa temple by a majority verdict of 4:1.
The BJP that launched a rally last week from north Kerala’s Kasaragod to “protect” the traditions and rituals of the hill shrine will conclude its Rath Yathra and reach Pathanamthitta today. Thousands of people, who are supporting the top court’s order, are also expected to gather in Thiruvananthapuram.
The Supreme Court said that the ban on women in restricted age group, whose presence at the Sabarimala temple was not allowed to enter the shine as part of the traditional belief.
The left government have a clear vision about the customs and believes about temple should be washed out from the state and new kind of generation should build in the future.
The review plea by the Nair Service Society (NSS), one of the petitioners, said “without holding that the questions raised related to matters of religion which are not within judicially manageable standards, the majority decision in substance has the effect of holding that the character of the deity can be altered based on individual faith and belief, in violation of the tenets of a particular religion and or religious sect”.
The NSS had said in the plea that as the deity is a ‘Naistika Brahmachari’ or celibate, females below the age of 10 and after the age of 50 years are eligible to worship him and there is no practice of excluding worship by females.
The real women devotees want to keep the custom.
No women devotee had come forward to visit the shrine yet only some activist and Naxalite background women tried to enter the shrine.
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