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Supreme Court opens Sabarimala Temple gates to women of all ages

Top advocates are confident that after the Supreme Court's verdict on adultery, it will lift the ban for women between the age groups 10-50 years from entering the temple.

The Sena has called for a 12-hour strike in the state on Monday, ANI reported.

The Sabarimala Temple, considered the abode of Lord Ayyappa, is located in the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. Justice Malhotra said right to equality conflicts with right to worship of devotees of Lord Ayyappa.

The top court revoked restrictions on women entering the temple following a 20-year legal battle, ruling that patriarchy can not be allowed to trump faith.

Sabarimala Head Priest reaction, says he is disappointed The head priest of the Shrine or the Sabarimala Thantri said that he is "disappointed with the verdict".

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The Rule was assailed on the ground of violation of Right to equality and discrimination on the basis of gender. "In a secular polity, issues which are matters of deep religious faith and sentiment, must not ordinarily be interfered with by courts".

While most Hindu temples don't allow women to enter when they are menstruating, the temple, commonly known as Sabarimala, was one of a few that did not allow any woman of menstruating age.

India's Supreme Court has ruled that one of the country's holiest Hindu temples must open its doors to women.

The five-judge bench delivered four judgements. It will have far reaching implications for other places of worships. "Constitutional morality in a pluralistic society gives freedom to practice even irrational customs", she said.

However, Justice Indu Malhotra, the lone woman on the bench stated that it wasn't for the courts to decide which religious practices should be done away with.

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Accepting the judgment, the temple board said, "Since women who believe in Lord Ayyappa will be coming, we have no choice but to welcome them".

Earlier in August, the Kerala government told Supreme Court that the practice of barring women between the age of 10 and 50 years had no constitutional protection as the temple devotees do not qualify as a distinct religious denomination.

"When a man can enter, a woman can also go".

TDB president A Padmakumar also told reporters the board will implement the court's verdict.

While the government has welcomed the verdict, hailing it as a victory for women's rights, the ruling has sparked a debate among different sections. "I don't think women are prepared to undergo the rigorous religious practices before setting out for the pilgrimage", he said.

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In the ruling, Justice Chandrachud criticised this diktat, saying: "The ban says presence of women deviates from celibacy".

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