OCTOBER 29, 2018

Kerala High Court observed that Sabarimala welcomed devotees from all faiths and was a symbol of communal harmony. While considering a petition seeking to restrict entry of non-Hindus in Sabarimala temple, the High Court of Kerala orally observed that Sabarimala belonged to all and not just Hindus.

The petition filed by T G Mohandas, Convenor of BJP State Intellectual Cell, contended that non-Hindus and non-idol worshippers cannot be permitted entry on the basis of SC judgment in Indian Young Lawyers’ Association case.

The Division Bench of Justice P R Ramachandra Menon and Justice Devan Ramachandran criticized the tone and tenor of the petition as tending to disrupt secular fabric of society.

The Court observed that Sabarimala welcomed devotees from all faiths and was a symbol of communal harmony. “Even persons without “irumudikettu”-the customary travel pouch carried by devotees containing offerings to Lord Ayyapa-could have “darshan”. The “irumudikkettu” was necessary only to enter temple through the holy 18 steps”, remarked the Court.(Press reports)