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Kerala favours entry for women at Sabarimala (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Women’s entry being allowed in Sabrimala:
The Left Democratic Front government in Kerala junked its Congress predecessor’s stand favouring restriction on women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple and declared that its doors should be thrown open to women of all ages.

The hearing before a three-judge Bench, saw the temple authority challenge the government in the Supreme Court, arguing that the government cannot alter its stand to suit its convenience.

This is the second time in a year the State has changed its position on allowing devotees aged 10-50 to enter Sabarimala. 

Background:
On February 4, 2016, the then United Democratic Front government had declared that the restriction had been in place from “time immemorial” and was a part of the temple’s “unique idol concept.” 

It reasoned that since the presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, was a celibate or ‘Naisthik Brahmachari,’ even the “slightest deviation” caused by the presence of young women on the temple premises was undesirable.



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