According to a report by NDTV, two women of reproductive age, crept inside the Sabarimala shrine on Wednesday early morning at 3:45am. 44 years old Bindu, who is a lecturer at a collage and also an activist of CPI-ML (Naxalite), was one of the two women to enter the shrine. The other one being 42 years old, Kanakdurga, a civil supplies employee. Both the women were provided all-around security by police. Confirming their visit, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said: “It is a fact that the women entered the shrine. Police are bound to offer protection to anyone wanting to worship at the shrine.”
The two women, however reportedly did not follow the ritualistic procedure of entering temple, but instead went through using the staff gate. “We did not enter the shrine by climbing the 18 holy steps but went through the staff gate,” one of the women told local media, according to AFP. Right after the incident, the shrine closed down for some time and re-opened only after performing purification rituals.
Both the women, Bindu and Kanakdurga had made several attempts to enter in the temple in past as-well, but were compelled to return due to massive resistance from the devotees and priests.
Reacting to the incident, Ayyappa Dharma Sena activist, Rahul Easwar tweeted, We condemn the Kerala CPM Govt and police conspiracy to secretly get in 2 young women into #Sabarimala by 3 am in morning Such cheap tactics are unbecoming of a State Govt. In a later tweet he provided details about how and at what time, the women made their sudden entry. Others on social media have also hit out at the communist regime of Kerala for violating the traditions of the temple and hurting Hindu religious sentiments.
This was the the first incident of women entering the since the top court abolished the ban on the entry of women of reproductive age on September 28. Till this incident, Protesters had blocked the entry of women below 50 inside the shrine. Over a dozen women tried but were stopped by a wall of protesters less than a km from the temple’s entrance.