Sabarimala: Two women under 50 enter hill shrine, offer prayers

Some 5 Million Indian Women Form Massive Human Chain for Gender Equality (PHOTO)

They say that the ban on women entering Sabarimala is not about menstruation alone - it is also in keeping with the wish of the deity, who is believed to have laid down clear rules about the pilgrimage to seek his blessings.

The Sabarimala temple has been shut for purification rituals after two women below 50 entered the shrine.

The women reportedly arrived at Pamba, the base station, around 1 am on Wednesday and held darshan around 3.30 am. "However, today, they might not have faced any protests and hence were able to enter", the CM added with a smile.

It is noted that the claim has been raised the next day of the historic women wall organised to protect the renaissance values. These two women had come earlier and had said that they would come again to pray.

The Sabarimala shrine was historically closed to women of "menstruating age" - defined as between 10 and 50.

A group of women in New Delhi Tuesday also expressed solidarity with their counterparts in Kerala by holding a demonstration outside Kerala House at the national capital's Jantar Mantar road where members of National Federation of Indian Women held placards saying, "Equality and Justice is Women's Constitutional Right".

More than three months after the Supreme Court allowed women of menstruating age to enter Kerala's Sabarimala temple, two women in their 40s allegedly entered the shrine Wednesday.

The Supreme Court is set to hear challenges to its landmark ruling from January 22.

Hundreds of thousands of women have formed a 620km-long human chain across a southern Indian state in support of a court order overturning a partial ban on women entering one of Hinduism's holiest temples.

The police sources in Thiruvananthapuram, quoting DGP Loknath Behara, said details were being collected on the issue. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Administrative Reforms Commission chairperson V.S. Achuthanandan witnessed the wall in the capital.

The temple has been at the centre of weeks of showdowns between Hindu devotees supporting the ban and women activists who have been forced back several times from Sabarimala. A small group of policemen in civil uniform escorted them to the temple, reports said.

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