Sabarimala turned into a battlefield after the Supreme Court verdict on September 28, 2018. Today, we asked several women from Kerala whether they wish to enter the shrine or will they wait till 50 to enter the temple?
It has been one year since the Supreme Court verdict, which allowed the entry of women of all age groups into the famous shrine Sabarimala. From Kerala's northern district to the southern district, we asked several women what they have to say about the Supreme Court's verdict on Sabarimala and whether they wish to enter the Ayyappa temple or will they still wait till 50 to enter the shrine. Sabarimala turned into a battlefield after the Supreme Court verdict on September 28, 2018.
Kannur: "From my childhood, I am an Ayyappa devotee, and I wish to be the same till my death. Now I am 45 and I am waiting for five more years to be 50 so that I can visit Ayyappa temple and I wish the Supreme Court to remove the verdict which they took last year," said Sharadha Krishnan.
Kochi: "Not only for Hindus but for Muslims and Christians there are certain beliefs and rituals that can't be changed. The apex court should understand that first before announcing the verdict. I personally wish to visit Ayyappa temple only after 50 and my children too believe in the same," said Renuka Devi.
Pathanamthitta: "As a native of Pathanamthitta, from the time I was born, I have been hearing about Ayyappa stories. According to that, a woman can only enter the temple after 50, that is what I hear and believe, so I do obey them, people will have different views to my idea but I won't force anyone to be like me," said Urmila.
Kollam: "I don't believe that a real devotee will enter the temple before 50. Whoever is trying to do so are not real devotees according to me, they just doing it for publicity. Those who have entered Sabarimala have given an interview to get publicity, these cheap publicities won't be appreciated by the lord, they need to understand it first," said Mahija Menon.
Thiruvananthapuram: "Those who had entered Sabarimala had to face backlash if we check our their life stories. I do believe that those who entered the Ayyappa Temple received backlash as a punishment from Ayyappa. I will also enter Sabarimala, but only after 50," said Gourilakshmi.
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Last Updated Sep 28, 2019, 1:17 PM IST