It’s god’s will vs statute, says Sabarimala priest | India News
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra brushed apart Pandalam royal household’s counsel Okay Radhakrishnan’s try and dissuade the court docket from going into the legality of non secular customs, which have been born out of the devotion and religion of followers of a non secular denomination.
The CJI mentioned, “We’ll go by the Structure and its language. As soon as a temple is a public non secular place, it can not prohibit entry of ladies. We’re coping with the core challenge of a category of ladies being denied on the bottom of their physiological traits. After permitting entry, ladies should comply with all rituals commanded by the faith or its denomination. However how can entry be stopped right into a public place of worship?”
Showing for the ‘thantri’, senior advocate V Giri mentioned one went to a temple to worship and to not query the God and the non secular practices of the denomination to which the temple belongs. “Has any of the petitioners filed affidavits affirming their religion and perception in Lord Ayyappa? If not, how can they query its customs? Do they imagine in idol worship and the core rituals of Ayyappa temple? Do they are saying they need to worship there? These are important earlier than one seeks equality,” he mentioned.
Giri mentioned the problem of allowing ladies of all ages into Sabarimala temple was subjected to ‘Devaprasnam’, a ritual carried out by well-known astrologers to reply questions pertaining to non secular practices and situations the place the ‘thantris’ are unable to take a call.
“The outcomes of such ‘Devaprasnams’ performed up to now are documented which reveal that ‘deity doesn’t want younger ladies getting into the temple precincts’. ‘Devaprasnam’ holds a revered place in figuring out non secular issues of temples in Kerala,” he mentioned.