To save Sabarimala Ayyappa temple and Sanathana Dharmam in Different parts of our country.

To save Sabarimala Ayyappa temple and Sanathana Dharmam in Different parts of our country.

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Kailash Sajjan started this petition to The President of India and

Respected Sirs,

I, S.Kailash, a citizen of India, and resident of Hyderabad city in Telangana, earnestly pray you for passing an ordinance, to maintain age old tradition at Sabarimala Temple, and consider the following:

I request you to review the Supreme Court order dated 30th September 2018 that allow's women to enter the Shrine of Ayyapa in Sabarimala.
To consider establishing an ordinance to repeal the court's verdict and to keep the age old tradition in effect, that is followed by several centuries by Hindus in Kerala.


Background:

The Legend of Ayyappa, the presiding deity is regarded as the son of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu belief, Ayyappa was the prince of Pandalam Royal family in Kerala. Ayyappa was also a close friend of Vavar. The shrine of Ayyappa and Dargah of Vavar and Mallikapuram Amman temple is an integral part of Hill shrine at Sabrimala inside Periyar Tiger Reserve. 

Flood of Woes:

Following the recent flood, the Travancore Devaswam Board (TDB) has decided several restrictions including curbs on vehicle parking and other well equipped facilities.  All available amenities for the pilgrims are male friendly. There is no separate queue for men & women in the last 6 KM trekking path to the temple..

The temple is open only for about 127 days in a whole year. More than 6 crores people went to Sabarimala in the year 2017-18. These devotees include the male devotees and also female devotees below the age of 10 and above the age of 50.

It's very clear that Article 25 of the Indian Constitution protects Sabarimala shrine and the deity Ayyapa. The people worshipping there have attributes of a religious denomination. Hence, the court should not interfere unless there is an aggrieved person from that religion or section. However, the people who approached the supreme court were neither from Hindu religion nor believers of Ayyapa swami. It's clearly evident that they are doing for the purpose of Publicity and to dishonor the sentiments of Hindus.

If Sabarimala Ayyappa is treated by the law as a “Juristic person” for the purposes of property ownership and taxes, then he equally has rights under Article 21 (protection of life and personal liberty), 25 (freedom to practice religion) and 26 (freedom to manage religious affair) of the Constitution. The deity has the right to remain a ‘Naishtika Brahmachari’ (eternal celibate) and this was also part of the right to privacy of the deity, adding that the will of the deity needed to be respected.

I would also like to highlight the following facts :

1.     Of over 25,00,000 Hindu temples in India.

2.    In about  6 temples, Gents are not allowed.

3.     In about 4 temples, Ladies are not allowed.

4.     Except in Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, ladies can visit and worship Ayyapa swami in any-other Ayyapa temple without any objections.

But at Sabrimalai, Ladies between 10 to 50 years age are not allowed as the Sthalapuranam of the Sabarimala prescribes so.

4.     There are over 3,00,000 Muslim mosques in India where not even a single mosque allows women inside it for worship.

For many of the above religious places the originating thought process is not gender biased at all, It is not anti-women / anti-men, it is a belief and faith.

A faith starts with belief, believing in everything of that faith. Those who question the belief cannot believe in the faith. Similarly, the Faith on Lord Ayyapa is established by believing in and also by following the strict rules layed out to the devotees. It's absurd if someone says they don't believe in the rules but have faith in Ayyapa or God. The ladies who have real faith in Lord Ayyapa will believe in all the rules of the deity and restrain from entering the temple during a certain age, and the ladies whoever want to enter the Sabarimala Ayyapa Temple are clearly non believers. And ruining an age old tradition and tramping of highly-held divine feelings of crores of Hindus is not acceptable in our Democracy.

Democracy means the majority wins. Even in this case just a few, a very few want the entry to be open for women between the age of 10 to 50, but a humongous majority want the old tradition to survive. 

In light of above points, I on behalf of all devotees of Lord Ayyappa scattered across the earth, hereby request the Honorable President and the Honorable Prime Minister of India to review the verdict of Honorable Supreme Court and consider to establish an ordinance to keep the tradition which is followed by centuries and keep the Sabarimala as it is.  India is a democratic country and court is not the ultimate sovereignty, so it is possible to do the changes on the verdict. So that the religious practices of the Hindus are not altered/ restrained by the instigation of Non-believers and for this act of kindness, I and the whole Ayyapa devotees Shall be ever grateful.

I request the Chief Justice of India to consider this as a Writ petition to protect my religious rights and also a petition in the interest(P.I.L) of crores of Ayyapa Devotees.

Hope to Get justice.

Thanks&Regards

S.Kailash.

An Ayyapa Devotee and Citizen of India.

 

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