Kerala’s leading Hindu shrine, the hill temple of Sabarimala, welcomes people from all faiths — unless they happen to be women aged between 10 and 50.
An admission by two women celebrities — actress Jayamala and dancer Sudha Chandran — that they had climbed the hill and worshipped there has now shaken up the priests.
The reason women aged between 10 and 50 are prohibited from entering the temple is that Lord Ayyappa, to whom the temple is dedicated, was a confirmed bachelor. I think this tradition of prohibiting women is ridiculous. I am glad that I am a non-believer, who foolishly believes that God is an invention of man.