The Kerala High Court has practically admonished the CPM-led Kerala government’s determination to allow women into Sabasimala shrine, ignoring traditions and sentimetns of devoetees. Coming down heavily on the state government, the Kerala High Court made it clear that it had no right to interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and its role was confined to maintaining law and order in the area.
The court also flayed the government and the police over causing hardships to the pilgrims trekking to Sabarimala for the “darshan” of Lord Ayyappa. The criticism came hours before the temple opened in the evening for the special “Sree Chitira Atta Thirunal” puja Tuesday, marking the birthday of the last king of Travancore — Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma.
The temple will close at 10 pm Tuesday. This is the second time the shrine opened for “darshan” after the Supreme Court allowed the entry of women of all ages into it. A plea was filed by Ramesh of Mylapore in Tamil Nadu, seeking a direction from the court that the government and the chief minister had no authority to interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the shrine. When it came up for hearing, the court clarified that the government’s role was confined to maintaining law and order in the area.