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  1. These Kerala women are ‘ReadyToWait’ to beat ‘conspiracy’ against Sabarimala

These Kerala women are ‘ReadyToWait’ to beat ‘conspiracy’ against Sabarimala

As per tradition, there is no blanket ban on the entry of women to Sabarimala. There is only a restriction on entry of women in the menstruating age group.

By: | Published: August 29, 2016 7:32 PM
sabri-L Several women have now posted their photos with posters ‘Ready to Wait’ on the social media platform to show their solidarity with the campaign. They have pledged that they are ready to wait till the age of 55 before entering the temple. (Source: Facebook)

With the help of courts, women groups in the country have tasted some success in ending what they call ‘discrimination against women’ at places of worship. In two recent judgements, the Bombay high court paved way for women’s entry to the sanctum santorum of a Shani Temple in Maharashtra and the Haji Ali shrine in Mumbai. The two victories have now put the focus of some women rights groups on over a decade-old pending sensitive case of women’s entry to Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple.

However, as far as the Kerala temple is concerned, many believe that the women rights groups are “conspiring” against the age-old religious practices driven by deep faith in Lord Ayyappa. To expose this, some women in Kerala have started a counter movement, saying they are ready to wait to enter the temple. As per tradition, there is no blanket ban on the entry of women to Sabarimala. There is only a restriction on the entry of women in the menstruating age group. The #Readytowait campaign started on social media by some Kerala women seeks to highlight these points, urging the women to be made the decision-maker in the matter, not the courts or some rights group who don’t feel about the deity –Lord Ayappa.

The campaign was apparently triggered by a Facebook post by one user Anjali George. She wrote: “Request all women who ardently wish to defeat the anti-pagan #BreakingIndia forces funded monotheistic agenda to foist Abrahamic Puritanism on this mighty nation which has nurtured diversity and worshipped the feminine in all its varied forms, to join the #ReadyToWait movement.” Several women have now posted their photos with posters ‘Ready to Wait’ on the social media platform to show their solidarity with the campaign. They have pledged that they are ready to wait until the age of 55 before entering the temple.

The campaign has generated quite a buzz on social media platforms, and many believe it would expose the “misinformation” and “conspiracy of the women rights groups. Commenting on the campaign Rahul Easwar, an activist who belongs to the family of priests at Sabarimala temple, tweeted, “Proud to see 100s of Hindu Woman standing up to defeat the Conspiracy against Sabarimala – #ReadyToWait ..May our Woman lead us”.

The Sabarimala temple is situated on a hilltop (about 3000 feet above sea level) in Pathanamthitta district, which is unique in many respects. The uniqueness gathers its voice, as the temple is open to all, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, according to the official website of the temple.

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    divya kumari
    Aug 31, 2016 at 7:12 am
    if women is subjected to violence by women, does it comes under the pervue of feminism?
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      divya kumari
      Aug 31, 2016 at 7:15 am
      in nigh clubs women are not allowed in saree or salwar, where are the western funded femis now? they shoul start a campaign #happy to wear anything..... they should also move to supreme court against all our cultures like touching feet of elders, having bath before going to temple, fasting before offering prayers, etc, becuase all this customs are like sati,,, and if sati was banned, why this customes shouldnt?? ... lol.. i wonder people cookup so many new ideas just for publicity stunt... go get a life!! indian women have faar better thing to do in life....
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        divya kumari
        Aug 31, 2016 at 6:50 am
        in night clubs women are not allowed in sarees or salwars.... the have strict dress codes, where are the western funded femis now?? start a campaign,,,, #happy to wear anything.... bloody flagwaivers... women have far better things to do in life... and those morons compairing it with sati, why not move to supreme court for every customs and traditions in our culture then? like touching feet of elders, fasting before offering prayers, wearing new clothes and having a bath before going to temple, etc? because for you sati and all these things are same.... I wonder people can cook up so many new ideas for publicity stunts... lol
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          Chandran
          Sep 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm
          Even though this ReadyToWait campaign in no way opposes the RightToPray, this movement has exposed the agenda of right to pray activists, repeat activists and not devotees, in a subtle manner.My question is the RightToPray group wants to be allowed inside the temple as they say the age restriction is a discriminatory practice. I would like to ask them if they would like to observe the vow, undertake severe penance for 41 days, abstaining from all vices like smoking, drinking, drugs? They also need to stop eating non-vegetarian food. The have to follow the dress code wearing only black saree for the next 41 days, do the poojas daily bhajans, beg for alms, carry the irumuttu, and every first timer has to undergo initiation under guruswamy and many other rules. Womanizing would not apply to women though but perhaps they might have to follow the equivalent rules that is applicable for women. Or do they think that this is picnic and you can break the rules as per your wish. And if they can follow all other customs, why discriminate against one particular custom. I can only surmise that these RightToPray activists are not even believers leave alone being Ayyappa devotees.
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