Q8: What are the reasons behind women do not visit Sabarimala temple?

Background Info:
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.
- lives very close to the devotees
- 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
Bhagwaan Ayyappa is considered to be in the state of Naishtika Brahmacharya (eternal celibate) at Sabarimala.

Whole focus is on spirituality and Brahmacharya by means of yogic penance.
- in the state of eternal brahmacharya, one is supposed to avoid company of women of reproductive age
- our scriptures such as ‘Yajnavalkya Smriti’ also impose similar condition

This is one of the main reasons why women do not visit Sabarimala.
As per Puranas, Ayyappa was born to destroy a female demon that could only be defeated by a child born of both Shiva and Vishnu.

After fulfilling his purpose, he wanted to go to Sabarimala to answer the prayers of his devotees but a beautiful woman emerged from the body of demon
Her curse was reversed and she wanted to marry Ayyappa. To respect her wish, he gave a promise that he will marry her when Kanni-Swamis (new devotees, i.e. first time visitors) stop coming to Sabarimala. Till then, Ayyappa did not want young women to come and see him.
Since then she is waiting for him and is worshipped as Malikapurathamma in the neighbouring shrine.

With hundreds of thousands of new devotees pouring in every year, hers will be a long wait.
Out of respect for,
- 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.
Another reason why women do not visit Sabarimala is the presence of a very strong yogic energy field in the temple. A normal human being cannot withstand its prowess.

This energy may create an imbalance in the natural creative energy present in women of reproductive age.
Sabarimala is located in the dense forest -
- it is a difficult and dangerous pilgrimage
- pilgrims must climb hills and cross forests to reach Sabarimala
- walking through dense forest could potentially lead to encounters with wild animals
There is also a practical consideration that during the 41-day vratham a woman may have 1 or even 2 periods. In Hindu tradition, women are considered particularly powerful during their periods and are treated with care and respect and spared taxing work.
Each Hindu temple has its own tradition and local practices.

- 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
Sabarimala is unique & follows its own tradition.

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?
Q9: Were women used to visit Sabarimala prior to Kerala High Court order restricting it in 1991?

Out of their ignorance some people claim that women used to visit Sabarimala till 1991 – quoting unverifiable examples.

This is not true!
A clear law was passed regarding the entry in 1991. But few things need not be assured by passing a law.

- 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
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