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Why Women Are Not Allowed In Sabarimala?

There is an ongoing debate in Hindu society on whether to allow or not to allow women in the age group of 10 to 50 to the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Shrine in Kerala. The matter is presently under the consideration of the Supreme Court of India. Indian Young Lawyers Association and some women advocates had filed a petition challenging the ban on the entry to women in Sabarimala.
Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the shrine, has informed the Supreme Court that it is against allowing entry to women.

The main reason pointed out was that “worshippers visit the temple only after observing penance for 41 days. Usually women between the age of 10 and 50 will not be physically capable of observing `vratham' for 41 days on physiological grounds (menstruation cycle).”