In Hindu dharma, Bhagwaan (God) is considered as supreme power and the creator, sustainer and destroyer of the Universe.
He does not remain outside the universe in some unknown place.
- takes reincarnation in the form of human being from time to time to uphold dharma
- while in human form sets an ideal for others to follow (e.g. Maryadapurushotam Prabhu Shree Ram) and remains duty bound as any other human being
Whole focus is on spirituality and Brahmacharya by means of yogic penance.
- our scriptures such as ‘Yajnavalkya Smriti’ also impose similar condition
This is one of the main reasons why women do not visit Sabarimala.
- Ayyappa’s commitment to answer the prayers of his devotees
- love of Ayyappa & Malikapurathamma
Women don’t enter the temple voluntarily. And the tradition is carried out for 1000s of years.
This energy may create an imbalance in the natural creative energy present in women of reproductive age.
- there are 140+ Ayyappa temples in Kerala where women of all ages can worship
- this is also true for three other Sastha temples to which Sabarimala temple connected with, explaining the four stages of dharmic life
Cannot we celebrate,
- the diversity of tradition here?
- unspoken love of Malikappurathamma and Ayyappan?
- Ayyappa's affection for his devotees?
Rather than looking whole issue with the narrow prism of gender equality?
Out of their ignorance some people claim that women used to visit Sabarimala till 1991 – quoting unverifiable examples.
This is not true!
- the traditional belief is within the mind-set/heart
- only when there is a lack of understanding/trespassing, the rules were explicitly made clear by a way of an order