After months of protests, legal hurdles and political battles in Kerala and New Delhi, even as two women who were below the age of 50 finally entered the Sabarimala temple on Wednesday morning, protests broke out across the state. The entry happened amidst massive security cover around 4 am and even as Ayyappa worshipers kept a close watch on the pilgrims on way to the temple from the base camp. The head priest later shut the sanctum sanatorium of the temple for atleast an hour for 'purification'.
The two women, 44-year-old Kanakadurga and 42-year olf Bindu who hail from Malappuram district of Kerala entered the temple after several failed attempts before.
While the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple, amongst the first to slam the move was Rahul Easwar, President of the Ayyappa Seva Samajam. Calling the government planned to move mere 'drama', Easwar, reacting to the developments said that the Government did not have the courage to bring women inside the sanctum sanatorium during the day and hence had brought them to visit the temple at night.
The Ayyappa devotees and BJP activists protesting the move have called it a left conspiracy against Hindu traditions and practices. While the temple was later opened for the devotees, BJP and several other Hindu organisations have called a day-long hartal on Thursday against the state government.
Fresh protests have erupted weeks after the Supreme Court of India vindicated the Right to Pray stance of several campaigners and activists by allowing entry of women in Sabarimala temple.
Campaigners have urged constitutional protection to enter the Sabarimala temple without any kind of discrimination yet several Ayyappa devotees of BJP have called it an atheist conspiracy to destroy Hindu temples'.
The entry of the two women amidst protests and against all odds has certainly created history even though the debate over the entry of women into Sabarimala is here to stay even after Supreme Court ruling.