Allowing women to Ayyappan temple in Kerala- India
February 10, 2008 12:04am CST
Leaders in India speak openly women should get everything men get in this world. But it appears its in the mouth and in black and white. Practically speaking women are unfortunate crowd because even they are not permitted to enter a temple in the state of Kerala in India. Women folk have been fighting to get the permission from the temple authority for a long time. It looks as if the state government of kerala has idea of permitting women into the temple.But particularly a party which is popular for religious sentiment oppose the idea of permitting women into the temple. These are the people talking about 33% of allocation for women candidates to become Member of Parliament. If they want they can easily give 33% seats to women but they will keep on drag as they are in fear if they allow more women to become member of parliament they might not be able to dominate them in the house as well as in the house of parliament. I do hope that the kerala government will take favorable decision in this matter. I dream very soon the women will enter the temple.
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6 Mar 08
I think it has nothing to do with faith.It was a temple in the midst of thick forest in old days.Young women going there would face problems. also even today, the crowding at the temple is so suffocating that I my self, a male is apprehensive to undertake the pilgrimmage.It is purely on practical considerations. Parellels exist.In Attukal, during pongala, men are not permitted.But till date men do not complain.Here also it is for the safety of women.I know that Devi or Sri Ayyappan dont bother about the gender of the devotee.It is just a security measure..
22 Feb 08
If you have been watching the serial Swami Aiyappan which is telecast everyday, you wouldn't ask this query. God Aiyappan is a Brahmachari and is in Tapas through out . He himself tells the followers that no female of the child bearing age should visit him. As you know , the temple is open only during the 2 months by the malayalam calender. Only these two months one could disturb the god from his severe penance. He had forbidden his parents also from entering his temple. Just go through aiyappan's story. Please, I am a malayalee myself and I know the whole story. I would request all here not to make an issue of this like the media people and hurt the sentiments.
10 Feb 08
I don't understand what the great fuss is all about. The Sabarimala temple does not prevent all women from entering it...only women of child bearing age. There is a reason for that. To undertake the pilgrimage to Sabarimala, people need to take a 40 day 'vritham' before that where they have to abstain from certain things and that is not possible when women have their monthly cycles. It is a belief and this has been the situation for many years. It's not like women are not allowed into all the temples in Kerala (or anywhere else for that matter). It is only this one temple...and why should we fight for that one alone. There are so many other Ayappa temples that allow women to worship there. Advancement for women in all fields is all fine...but these are small things and letting women into Sabarimala is not going to effect the status of women in other areas.