For one, the pilgrimage has become a billionaire enterprise that ravages the ecology -- feeding off a phenomenal surge of middle-class piety. Equally crucially, it also kills the real tradition of ritual openness and social flexibility.
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The Sabarimala temple is believed to have been constructed in accordance with Tantric traditions, which would have stipulated rules such as, in this case, the ban on women of menstruating age. One cannot deny those traditions while continuing to believe in the divinity of the deity installed.
The activist, who reached in Kochi around 4.40 am along with six young women en route to the hill temple, has been unable to come out of the airport, with the protesters saying her group would not be allowed to proceed to the Sabarimala temple.