Hyderabad: Chilkur Balaji temple chief priest C.S. Rangarajan on Wednesday said those opposed to the Supreme Court judgement to allow women into the Sabarimala temple must be allowed to appeal against it.
“Give us, who are bred in the male chauvinistic and most patriarchal society of India, a chance to seek review petition on the Sabarimala hearing,” the chief priest said.
“Give us a last chance, let us go back for a review. If Supreme Court dismisses the petition then we will go for a curative petition. Give us these opportunities. In time of victory, women activists should be magnanimous,” Dr Rangarajan said.
Special prayers were performed at the Chilkur temple on Wednesday to Lord Sudarshana praying to protect the “nastika brahmacharya” (perennial celibate), Lord Ayyappa. As mark of support, devotees did two additional pradakshinas (rounds) at the shrine. Dr Rangarajan said the issue of entry into the Sabarimala temple was not about women or the menstrual cycle but about who was superior, Lord Ayappa or the Supreme Court.