TWO WOMEN FINALLY SUCCEDED TO HAVE A GLIMSE OF LORD AYYAPPA
Two women in their 40s, Bindu and Kanakadurga entered the Sabarimala temple in Kerala with the help of police in mufti. They started their climb around midnight and reached the sanctum sanatorium by 3:45am.
After confirmation, CM of Kerala told the reporters “the women faced many hurdles while their climb to the temple, we gave instructions to the police for providing protection. Now it is confirmed that two women have entered the temple.”
A recording of them entering the shrine is going viral. They took a different route, used VIP entrance instead of climbing the sacred 18 steps used by the devotees.
Sabarimala Ayyappa temple’s website explains that since Lord Ayyappa was “Nithya Brahmachari” – or celibate – women in the 10-50 age group are not allowed to enter. “Such women who try to enter Sabarimala will be prevented by authorities,” the website reads.
On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra lifted the centuries-old ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.