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The Sabarimala temple made constant headlines in past couple of months. The fight has the same core- progressive verses regressive ideologies. 

Higher political leaders made a huge cry of traditions. 

Traditions rarely align with gender equality. A woman who bleeds every month to give birth is considered impure by male chauvinists. Because she bleeds, she is impure. Logically, one can never reason with these religious people, who often take refuge in the politics.

The Court, the Temple, the Government and Devotees

In 1991, Justice K Paripoornan and Justice K balanarayana Marar of The Kerala High Court banned the entry for women between the ages of 10 to 50. The judicial system has been evolving from prejudices with the time and in 2018, The Supreme Court observed that-,”Women have the constitutional right to equal access to public places of worship to pray”.

The temples, and all support groups of temples very predictably have to be against it. This is what religious orthodox do. They hate change- as when electricity was created and distributed- that time church was against it. 

The Church advocated that the god created day and night. The truth is no one created day or night, and the days and nights are due to rotations of the Earth around the Sun. 

Traditions were made according to the understanding of that time, and when time changes, traditions change. Women have been suppressed, and considered feeble, and by the time- she did proved those barriers wrong.
The group which was fighting for the right of ‘the stone statue’ against the rights of a live human being also argued that the god has right to life.  I have heard that love makes one blind, but so much irrational? I could never understand. 

The government is democratically elected, and the game is all about votes. These votes have to be obtained from the same people who are against women’s entry in spite of their religion. 

The most common ground – which all religions have - Women is impure while bleeding. 
Eventually, after a long debate and a tussle between fundamentalist and court the court has given its verdict that women of all ages can enter into temples. 

Religion is for one dignity with identity, right to practice religion remains available to men and women the Supreme Court judge said. 

The court is however been progressive in recent years - as one after another remarkable judgments have been delivered- as protecting rights of transgender, protecting gay rights, handling the issues of triple talaq and allowing entry of women in temple which has been discriminating against women for long. 

Religion does not give up even when the Supreme Court Orders
Women entered, and that was difficult task to enter in temple first. While women entered, priests of temple closed the sanctum sanctorum and performed purification rituals. These are regressive practices against women. The act was a symbol that woman did the temple impure and polluted.
They have focussed attention on the role of the chief priest (or Tantri) of Sabarimala, leaving him open to the charge leveled by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that his actions violated both the Supreme Court order and the Devaswom Manual.
Sabarimala’s Temple : A look back

Sabarimala’s Temple is situated in Periyar Tiger Reserve of Kerala.
Economically it attracts a large number of religious devotees. It was built in 12th Century by Manikandan, a prince of Pandalam Dynasty. Manikandan meditated in Sabarimala Temple after he constructed it.

 He is claimed to be an avatar of Lord Ayyappan. People who read history can relate that during 12th Century there were attacks of Mohammad of Ghor or Mohammad Ghori, who defeated that time Hindu King- Prithavi Raj Chauhan in 1192 in the second battle of Tarain. Due to this since 1206 - India was officially under the Muslim Rulers.

 Indeed, right at the time when a hindu god incarnated.  What was the purpose of the birth? The god was born- just to create a temple and meditate to contemplate in isolation, and for this isolation he was supposed to be worshipped even after 1000 years later. 

Or perhaps to abstain from the sex (which if he was not born would have been easy). Or may be to teach that time problem was not war, dying religious devotees, conversion to other religion, but the Sex. Or he took birth – not to protect but to build a temple for him and spread more misogynist mindset. 

Rules of Temples
Devotees have to follow the strict rules for 41 days, as this number somehow defeats women in purity. According to almost every religion -Woman tends to be impure when she menstruate  in every 30 days between age of 10 to 50 years for the purpose of giving birth to the (same) people who can grow up and say that how impure the woman is. 

Devotees have to be vegetarian for this period of time as well. When the almighty god was creating universe- he forgot to create totally vegetarian world. The world is a playground, and as the god was getting bored so he created ‘human beings, animals and trees’. The rule was simple and so kind- everyone has to eat another in order to survive. So, while visiting his temple, one should take care of this sentiment of god- as somehow he regrets about it perhaps. Trees are fine to be eaten as when god was creating universe- Professor Jagdeesh Chandra Basu also did not give his research that Trees were as alive as human being.
Devotees have to wear blue/ black- as the god Shani hates other colors, and loves only these two colors. He is a god but strongly hates those who wear other colors too, and he troubles them. So, there was a deal between Lord Ayyappa and Shani Dev that people who wear only these colors will never face troubles. So much easy to be pleased- So much childlike Shani god, I find it cute that being god also it hurts sentiments over colors.

Devotees do not even shave and sleep over floor as god took it personal that one took care of himself. He does not want you to help someone to get food, education and become gender neutral but miserable. Devotees should not look good and should not get sleep properly- which scientifically may lead to depression, but who cares for the fact. The world is all about sentiments. 
- Namrata 

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