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The ‘Bleeding’ Issue: Age proof now mandatory for women devotees at Sabarimala temple

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • January 5, 2018
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Women devotees will now have to provide their age proof while visiting Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple, where entry of women aged between 10 to 50 is banned. The illogical decision has been taken in the wake of the on-going pilgrim season in view of the rising instances of women devotees trying to trek to the hilltop shrine defying the restrictions.

Women in the menstruating age are restricted from offering prayers at the temple because of the presiding god. Lord Ayyappa is considered to be a ‘naishtika brahmachari’ known as a perennial celibate. “Young women between 10-50 years are not allowed because of menstruation”. Does this make any sense? Few girls have their periods at the age of 8 also few women’s get periods even after the age of 55. Can it be considered as a real issue?

‘Women have “asuddhi” (impurity) due to impure menstruating blood”. But, who said that the menstrual period is impure? Scientifically speaking, it is not impure but is a natural process. There is sanctity in everything.

“Women are not allowed because they are not eligible to take penance and much weaker to climb the mountain and walk through forests…As the path to the Sabarimala temple is full of stones and thorns and it is quite difficult for young women to walk through in meager lighting. Really?? Are females not going for trekking and mountaineering, also climbing to the Mt. Everest. They even fly bomber planes and controls nuclear submarines.

What a stale prank it is. The essence of Sanatan Dharma is universal equality. No Vedic scripture discriminate any individual based on race, caste, sex, creed or anything that matter. Women’s entry to Sabarimala is not a ‘bleeding’ or burning issue in India but it’s an illogical issue. We have several other better things to do to take our country to advancement.


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