With the hearing going on in the case of entry of women in the Kerala’s famed Sabarimala temple, the Nair Service Society (NSS) has also put in its submission.
It is said that NSS told the Supreme Court that allowing women belonging to all age groups entry into the Sabarimala temple will change the character of the deity and the temple.
Supreme Court counsel K Parasaran appeared for the NSS before the five-member Constitution Bench hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the ban on entry of women belonging to the 10-50 age group.
“The Ayyappa idol in Sabarimala is said to be a Naishtika Brahmachari(celibate). Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala is unique since he is celibate and doesn’t want the presence of women aged between 10- 50 as it will affect his penance. When the Lord Himself doesn’t want them, who are we to say they should be allowed,” Parasaran contended, saying while the Hindu religion is very tolerant and doesn’t discriminate, there are indeed aberrations.
“Those coming to the Sabarimala temple should not come in the company of young women. Children, mother and sisters are exceptions. The reason is those coming to the temple must not follow the ‘brahmacharya’ (celibacy) but they must also appear to follow it,” the senior advocate said.
Article 26 (b) provides right to every religious denomination to manage own affairs in matters of religion.
Kerala is an educated society and 96 per cent of its women are educated and independent, Parasaran submitted.
The counsel also argued that it is wrong to assume that the practice of the Sabarimala temple is based on patriarchy is fundamentally incorrect.
The hearing remained inconclusive and will continue tomorrow.>