Today, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Sabarimala head priest should have quit if he was not ready to accept the Supreme Court decision. He criticizes the head priest for carrying out the “purification” rituals instead of the presence of two women in the temple.
On Wednesday, two women of menstruating age, named Bindu and Kanaka Durga entered the hilltop shrine around 3:45 am. They both were at their early 40. The priest, Kandararu Rajeevaru well known about the fact closed the Lord Ayyappa temple and continued the rituals of purification.
On 28th September, the Supreme Court ordered that no women between 10 and 50 years will be allowed to enter the temple. Bindu and Kanaka Durga were first to disobey the law.
The chief minister said that “A strange thing happened at the Ayyappa temple yesterday. The ‘tantri’ (priest) closed the shrine and performed the purification rituals. This was the violation of the SC verdict.”
Other than that he also added, “The ‘tantri’ should have quit if he had any objection to the apex court order as he was also a party to the case.”
Mr. Vijayan said that the priest has pointed out that there was traditional violence after the women had entered the temple on Wednesday. The priest wants to come to an end of Sabarimala temple’s age-old ban on women of menstrual age, or between 10 and 50 years.
After the incident, many violence and protests have raised in Kerala. According to the temple and many devotees, the decision of the Supreme court is harmful that women below 50 should not be allowed near the deity Lord Ayyappa, a celibate god.