Sabarimala priests rejects Kerala CM’s offer of talks on SC verdict

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The representatives of Sabarimala temple's 'tantri' (chief priest) will not attend a propitiation meeting called by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that threw open the temple to all women.

 

“Let the government first file a review plea in the Supreme Court. Once that is known, and then we will decide on what needs to be done," said Sabarimala tantri Kantararu Mohanaru.

He added that allowing women to enter the Sabarimala temple would annihilate its divinity.

“Entry of women of productive age will affect temple customs and will destroy the divinity of the temple, to deploy female police personnel in the temple premises is a violation of the temple practices,” said Kandarau.

State police chief Loknath Behra had said, 600 women, cops will be deployed in hilltop temple. The Pandalam royal family also shares the same concern as the priests.

Following the verdict, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that no review petition would be filed and the state government will do all the things needed to implement it.

Things went out of control after the state government and the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), decided not to file the petition leading to hundreds of devotees taking to the streets in protest.

"The key stakeholders of the temple are the state government and the TDB if they do not file a review petition, and then there will be no locus standi to other review petitions. The need of the hour is that these two parties should do the needful," said Rahul Eashwar, member of the tantri family.

He added that they are not against the Pinarayi Vijayan government but their priority was the emotional attachment of the devotees, the decision to boycott the meeting was taken after detailed consultations with the powerful Nair Service Society the socio-cultural body of the Hindu Nair community.

The meeting is scheduled to be held tomorrow.

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