INDIA : A group of lady lawyers have filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Kerala Government to lift the age-old ban
on women devotees entering Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala in the state. Terming the practice as a "socio-religious malady", they expressed "surprise" that the practice was carried on by the state through a statutory board.
My question is ,after 60 years of independent governance,why is India still reeling under such primitive practices?
Another ritual is ,"The vritham can be undertaken only after getting permission from one's parents and Guru. It should be undertaken in such a manner as to cause no inconvenience to one's family."
Eventhough no one in a family objects nobody take the permission before going to sabarimala.
"The devotee must keep away from all social activities and spend his time praying and singing bhajans and in worthy causes like visiting temples, cleaning temples, feeding the poor, helping the poor and sick and attending religious discourses.
He must eat only vegetarian food and abstain from meat, physical or verbal violence, alcohol ...more
I wish to answer this question for two reasons.1.I am an Indian Hindu who feels that reforms should come in every religion.2.Religion is considered taboo here in social network sites because many find it difficult to rise above the narrow religious sentiments to enter into a healthy discussion.My salutation for this answer is indeed a give away where my roots lie in India.That also gives me another reason to join in.
One of the lawyers who has approached the supreme court is my friend's elder sister too.Before I go into my answer,I wish to reiterate that I do not in my wildest dreams intend to hurt anyone's feelings here and if it happens it is merely coincidental:-)
Women are not inferior beings on Earth though men treat them that way.God,who is the creator of all life forms has no such distinction.There is no ancient script that gives us any direction that Lord Ayyappa never liked women in their child bearing years.It is sad to see how humans try to impose ...more
Twisted traditions are to be broken. We have broken the traditions relating to bias against scheduled classes in the past !
We all know that customs, traditions and usages are the result of long experience of people living at a particular time. When certain things are found to be useful for a certain society, its being adopted by the people of that time. It is included in it as a practice form and with time it takes becomes a custom or ritual. Well, that is how such things goes according to me. But with passage of time, the social conditions change and moderation of customs and practices become necessary. We need to adopt new practices to remain in the race. When we say that India was the most advanced country in the world during the ancient times, it was only because of our rational belief. R ...more
Secondly, why Lord Ayyapaa's temple should alone have a different rule, when most of the other "Tirthakshetras" of India allow women to enter? If those idols cannot become ''apavitra'', then how Lord Ayyappa's idol can ? There is no rational reasoning except somebody's wrong notions which is going on since last many years. May be the first priest who made this rule was fanatic.
You have nicely stated that why is India still running under such primitive practices. Now the court wi ...more