Sabarimala Temple row: Chief Priest Kandararu threatens to shut Sabarimala temple if women are allowed
Sabarimala Temple row has been increasing a day after the gates were opened for the devotees. As per Supreme Court’s verdict, women of all age group were allowed to enter the temple and visit Lord Ayappa.
Amidst the controversy, Sabarimala temple’s chief priest Kandararu Rajeevaru has said that he will shut the shrine and will hand over the key to the temple management, if at all women try to enter the temple premises.
“I don’t have more to say. I am with the devotees, I can’t do puja cheating them,” he said.
The chief priest added that “We have decided to lock the temple and handover the keys & leave. I stand with the devotees. I do not have any other option.”
The temple politics is changing the course of Indian politics one’s again and that too in the election year. Defying the Supreme Court’s order and letting the goons and protesters take over the temple gates is a clear sign of administration and government going to the backbench.
We have decided to lock the temple and handover the keys & leave. I stand with the devotees. I do not have any other option: Kandararu Rajeevaru, #SabarimalaTemple head priest #Kerala (file pic) pic.twitter.com/6LilPOx9qr— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2018
In the midst of all while demanding a review petition from the Kerala government, the President of Travancore Devaswom Board, A Padmakumar said that “We have decided to appeal against the Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all age groups to enter Sabarimala Temple.”
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan of the CPI(M) said “Following Supreme Court verdict, a lot of arrangements had to be put in place but the BJP is causing hindrance in putting those arrangements in place.”