Sabarimala Temple Will Open Today, Around 2,300 Policemen Deployed For Security

| November 5 , 2018 , 11:57 IST

In the presence of tight security of around 2,300 policemen at the Sabarimala temple, doors of the temple will remain open for a day starting from Monday evening.

The security arrangements have been done in view of the massive protests in the last pilgrim session.

According to an official, Lord Ayyappa devotees will be allowed only on the way up till Monday afternoon with doors of the temple open from 5:00 o'clock in the evening and will be closed at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

The number of protests was part of the ongoing cooled down protests after the Supreme Court in its verdict allowed women of all menstrual ages to enter into the Sabarimala temple on September 28.

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A five-judge constitutional bench of former Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice RF Nariman, Justice Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra had scrapped Rule 3(b) of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965, which authorises restriction on women “of menstruating age”.

Keeping in view that equality is the fundamental right of each and every citizen and an integral part of our constitution, the bench had observed “What applies to a man applies to a woman's well” and that once you open something for the public, anyone can go.

Former CJI Dipak Misra reading out the verdict had said, "Women no way inferior to men. On one hand, women are worshipped as Goddesses, but there are restrictions on the other hand. Relationship with God can't be defined by biological or physiological factors."

"Devotees of Lord Ayyappa are Hindus, don't constitute a separate religious denomination. No physiological and biological factor can be given legitimacy if it doesn't pass the test of conditionality. Restrictions put by Sabarimala temple can't be held as essential religious practice," he added.