Kerala, Nov 16: As the Sabarimala temple opened its gates on Saturday for a two-month Mandala Puja, amid tight security in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, a devotee furious over the the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling and on the entry of women and said the apex court is not bigger than God.
The sanctum sanctorum was opened for the puja at around 5 pm.
Hundreds of devotees from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere flocked the shrine when it was thrown open for the season at 5 pm today.
One devotee today made a stern remark over the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling and on the entry of women. “Ladies should not be allowed to enter the temple. The Supreme Court is not bigger than God,” he said, according to news agency ANI.
However, ahead of the opening, the Kerala Police sent back 10 women apparently between the age of 10-50 years from Andhra Pradesh who had arrived at the temple an hour before its opening.
The Supreme Court had on November 14 deferred the verdict in the contentious matter on women’s entry into the sanctum sanctorum and referred the review petitions against its order in September 2018, which allowed the entry of women of all age groups, unlike the tradition so far, to a larger bench.