Sabarimala Temple Row: Travancore Devaswom Board not to file report on prevailing situation in Supreme Court
The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) on Wednesday decided against filing a report in the Supreme Court on the situation prevailing in Sabarimala after the top court allowed women of all age groups to enter Lord Ayyappa’s shrine. It also said that a review petition now holds no relevance.
TDB member KP Sankara Das said the board, which manages the hill shrine, would file a report only if the apex court asked for it. The board had earlier said it would file a report in the top court on the tense situation in Sabarimala.
With regard to the review petition, he said the board would reply if the Supreme Court sought its views while considering the review petitions pending on the Sabarimala issue. Hearing on the 19 petitions challenging the apex court verdict has been posted for November13.
The doors of Lord Ayappa’s shrine closed on Monday after it was opened on Wednesday evening for the first pilgrim season. The temple remains open for only five days a month. Despite the apex court’s verdict not a single woman, aged between 10-50, managed to enter into the Lord Ayyappa temple.