Sep 28, 2023
Sep 28, 2023
More by : Mandar Karanjkar
|@ Raj Krishna: I know that it is very difficult for menstruating women to complete the journey. But so making a rule that they are not allowed inside is a foolishness. It is like a baby cant speak well, so it is not allowed even to mumble words. We should develop sanitation facilities. It can be done without nature being affected. Eco friendly toilets, washrooms which neither pollute nor harm the serenity have been developed. We should use them rather than barring the women.|
And yes, those who are established even do not need an advertise. So, at such places, no priest and tumblers are needed. People are faithful enough to donate lakhs of rupees without they being asked for it. And I challenge, if this voluntary donation stops, temple authority will plant priests with tumblers every where.
|From my perspective all the hardships and sacrifice makes one truly redeem oneself . I have been visiting the temple for few years and would say it would be really difficult for a lady in menstruating period to undertake the journey due to the terraain & sanitation facilities .Though sanitation can be done nothing can be done on the terrain as the temple is in the middle of Periyar wildlife sanctuary . So far animals and devotees have co existed peacefully thanks to lack of Modern transportation and pollution.|
Addressing the comments on looting(!) this is a temple where no one forces to give contribution.You cannot do it even from practical point of view as there will be many thousands who will pass infront of the deity in an hours time .One would be lucky if she/he gets more than a second to stand and see the God . In so many years of visits i have not seen the priest with the customery tumbler for taking contribution . All money and oferings are deposited in hundi .I have seen far more commercialised places where the priest demands money .As far as I have seen there are no helipads or such places which can take a helicopter which is mentioned by the writer .The black robes are to be brought the day one undertakes the plan to visit sabarimala which normally is many days earlier to the travel.One is expected to wear this clothes throughout the "vratam"period - a period of minimal needs .
There are a lot of improvements which needs to be done especially sanitation .
The day it becomes a tourist centre with all amenities it will loose its sanctity as well as it will be the last day for the wild animals .
Why are we modern men so hell bent on commercialising every place of wilderness , purity and sanctity ?
I wonder if the writer has ever visited the place .
|@ Parmesh: Thanks a lot for giving a thought. What I have written about is not only about Sabarimala Temple. It is about many shrines and their tendencies. For example, Padmanabh Tmple makes it compulsory to wear white lungi or like that. So, tourists have to take these robes on rent from authorities only as they are not aware about the rules. And yes, I am not saying that temples authorities are not religious. They are. But as you said, change should be adopted....|
|You make a good point about menstruating women being prevented from visiting the temple. In a religion which gives equal importance to Devi worship, it does not make any sense to follow this outdated custom. It is the duty of every Hindu to protest against this and rectify a wrong done to the women. |
Having said that, there are some inaccuracies in your piece that I wish to point out. The Sabarimala temple authorities do not make it compulsory to wear only clothes provided by them. Neither does any other temple I have visited. Yes, it is customary to wear only black for the Ayyappans, but this does not need to be purchased from the temple.
As a visitor to the Sabarimala shrine, I can attest to the high level of devotion and spiritual fervor of the devotees, as they face numerous hardships en route to the hilltop shrine. Lord Ayyappa is called Annadana Prabhu, the giver of food, and it is evident in ample measure all around, with free food supplied all through the mandala kalam. Yes, some archiac rules need to be changes, and it is the duty of every Hindu to contribute to this change. Sanatana Dharma has always adopted to change, and will continue to do so.
|@ Vijay: Thanks a lot for commenting sir!|
|It is true that the authorities in temples are making such ridiculous rules only to loot the visitors. We have to change with time. The sensible people should stop following such practices and slowly change will happen.|