All devotees can enter Sabarimala: HC
Koch: The Kerala High Court on Monday pronounced that all devotees irrespective of caste or religion have the right to enter Sabarimala. The court observed that the tradition of Sabarimala ensures the right to all devotees.
The court pronounced the verdict while hearing a plea filed by BJP intellectual cell state convenor TG Mohan Das.
“Sabarimala is a place of worship for all devotees. Devotees can enter the shrine without ‘Irumudikettu’ (sacred bundle taken for the pilgrimage). ‘Irumudikettu’ is necessary to step into the ‘padinettampadi’, the 18 holy steps in the shrine. Those who want to visit the shrine without ‘Irumudikettu’ can enter the temple through another entrance. This practice is being followed in the temple,” noted High Court.
The High Court expressed dissatisfaction on the plea seeking entry to Sabarimala Temple only for devotees of all religions. The court told the petitioner that his application was of the nature to disrupt the secular structure of the state. The HC also sought an explanation from the Governemnt and the Devaswom Board on the plea. The court will consider the plea in the next hearing after 2 weeks.