During the previous tenure of the Pinarayi government, the Devaswom ministry ran into rough weather after controversies erupted over the Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women into the Sabarimala shrine.
Pandemic, livelihood, and development are uppermost in people’s minds as Sabarimala takes a back seat.
There was a 31% increase in Covid-19 cases in Pathanamthitta, the district where the temple is located
A group of police personnel and volunteers cleansed the temple premises as part of an initiative to promote 'responsible and conscious pilgrimage'.
Each pilgrim, visiting the shrine, should carry a Covid-19 negative certificate, officials said.
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Despite being in the grip of the pandemic, Kerala has opened the famous Sabarimala temple for devotees on Saturday, after being closed for seven months.
This is the first time since March 25, when a nationwide lockdown was announced because of coronavirus pandemic, that pilgrims are being allowed to offer prayers at the hill shrine.
The apex court is also examining whether a person, who doesn't belong to a particular faith, can file a PIL questioning the religious practice that faith.
The Bench headed by CJI S.A. Bobde said there was an order for a larger Bench to decide the matter, and there was no final word yet.
On November 14, the apex court had referred the matter concerning the entry of women of all ages to the temple to a larger bench for consideration.
The woman was part of the team led by gender rights activist Trupti Desai.
The draft law proposes to give one-third representation to women in the temple advisory committee, but they should be above 50 years.
After those accompanying the child were informed about the current situation in Sabarimala, her father and other relatives proceeded to the temple, while she could not.
The police did not allow several women from Andhra Pradesh to go to the Sabarimala temple to pray.
Authorities are using caution anticipating repetition of last year' protests if women try to enter the shrine.
The dissent order says authorities had "non-negotiable obligation" to enforce the judgements as it was necessary to preserve rule of law.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi, reading the verdict on behalf of himself and Justices A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra, said the larger bench will decide all such religious issues relating to Sabarimala, entry of women in mosques and practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.
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