The devotees of Lord Ayyappa, in large number, staged a massive protest at Jantar Mantar in the national capital on Sunday, voicing their anger against the Supreme Court's verdict on the Sabarimala temple, which was pronounced in September.
A movement named 'Ayyappa Nama Japa Yatra' was organized in Delhi, wherein a large crowd gathered and shouted slogans against the apex court for a judgment which allowed entry into the temple for women of all age.
This wasn't the first instance of protest against the court's ruling. Earlier this week, the Yuva morcha women of the Bhartiya Janata Party protested against the decision by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) to not challenge the decision by the apex court. Claiming that the old-age tradition of ban on women's entry to the temple should stay, BJP workers, in numbers, put forward their voices.
Prior to that, RSS had also questioned SC's judgment. "The recent Judgement on Sabarimala Devasthanam has evoked reactions all over the country. While we all respect the varied temple traditions followed by devotees in Bharat, we have to also honour the Honourable Supreme Court. In the case of Sabarimala Devasthanam also, it is an issue of a local temple tradition and faith to which sentiments of millions of devotees, including women, are attached. These sentiments of the devotees cannot be ignored while considering the judgement," their statement read.
Last month, a five-judge bench, in a 4:1 judgment, opened the doors of the temple to women of all age. In a historic verdict, the bench led by then CJI, Dipak Misra, struck down the old-age tradition which did not allow women from age group of 10-51 entry into the temple.
"Historically women have been treated with inequality. Society has to undergo a perception shift. Any relationship with the creator is a transcendental one. Suppression of women on biological aspects cannot be given a seal of legitimacy. Patriarchy cannot overwhelm religion. Religion is a way of life. Biological or physiological reasons cannot be accepted in freedom of faith. Subversion of women on physiological factors cannot be allowed", the CJI said while pronoucing the verdict.