As the whole of Kerala is up in arms against the Supreme Court verdict on the allowing women’s entry into the temple, the top court has cleared that there will no urgent hearing on the issue.
“It will be listed in due course,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.
The review petition has been filed by the National Ayyappa Devotees Association and the Nair Service Society among others.
They had sought the recall of the verdict which they claimed was absolutely untenable and irrational.
The petitioners told the court that the Lord Ayyappa temple will open next week and therefore, a temporary order was needed to stop women from entering the shrine.
The petition will be taken up after the Dussehra vacation.
It will anyway be heard in chamber and not in open court, the bench said.
The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala has traditionally barred all women of menstruating age.
The custom in the temple was challenged by a clutch of petitioners who argued that women cannot be denied the constitutional right to worship.
Congress leaders in the state have slammed the government for hurting the sentiments of Ayyappa devotees by supporting the verdict.
The BJP’s Kerala unit also organised protests and signature campaigns against the verdict.>