The honorable Supreme Court of India seems to be on a massive high of passing verdict from the last few days.
Ever since the LGBT verdict that lifted the curse of being a homosexual or transgender in this country, people thought that a revolution is about to come. Well, they weren’t wrong if you ask me.
What are the other recent verdicts?
In addition to the LGBT verdict, the apex court also decriminalized adultery and is also considering to take strong actions in the matter of Muslim laws. These matters have been a topic of concern since ages and finally, have been paid attention to.
What more did Supreme Court come up with?
As per news, Supreme Court today lifted yet another ban on the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
In 1991, the Kerala High Court had passed the law which restricted entry of women above the age of 10 and below the age of 50 from offering worship at Sabarimala Shrine as they were of the menstruating age. This law indeed was downright outrageous but was never questioned because of the fear of hurting religious sentiments of people at that time.
Fortunately, with the feminism wave roaring across the country, this ban lift ended up making this story a rather interesting news from India.
What is the story of Sabarmati temple?
As per the temple history, the Sastha temple at Sabarimala is one of the five Sastha temples founded by Lord Parasurama in the 9th century. According to the mythological stories, this temple remained untouched after it was fully constructed because there was no one who knew the original way to reach it.
For the next three centuries, the temple was hidden deep within the forest. Later, in the 12th century, a prince of Pandalam Dynasty, called Manikandan, rediscovered the original path that leads straight to the Sabarimala temple.
It might sound like an interesting news today, but locals swear that all the stories are in fact true.
What was so special about this prince Manikandan?
As per the legends, he had many followers with him. His league also included the descendants of the Vavar (a Muslim warrior whom Manikandan defeated) family. This Prince was considered to be an Avatar of Ayyappa. The local folklore still talks of stories that he led a pack of Tigers to his Palace with Vavar and then later disappeared to the Sabarimala temple.
The temple was then renovated and the idol was erected in 1910. Ever since people have put down their faith and followed the rules of the temple blindly. The latest interesting news of this ban lift might have frowned many elderly religious folks. But frankly, it doesn’t matter anymore.
What is the reaction we can expect from the ban lift?
There is no doubt that a few people would definitely be outraged by the fact that why on earth Supreme Court is allowing women to enter the temple. But a major population will be happy with the verdict. Reason?
It is quite obvious that a majority of people who visit the temples in Kerala are females. Now that they can enter the temple, just like any other temple, they will feel equal. As a result, they will be empowered and feel free from the orthodox mentality which they were tied to in the name of religion.
Menstruation has always been a taboo in India, and it is a proud feeling that finally India is standing up to these issues boldly and removing the age-old laws which were built for the sake of putting down the dignity and embarrassing a woman because of her gender.
We hope the apex court keeps coming up such verdicts which take our country a step forward in terms of intellectual development.