Published On: Tue, Nov 13th, 2018

Supreme Court to re-examine Sabarimala temple ruling

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to re-examine a ruling that lifted a ban on women of menstruating age from entering Sabarimala temple after near-constant protests backed by both ruling party and the main opposition party.

Devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple.

The Press Trust of India reports that the Supreme Court decided Tuesday to review 49 petitions in open court on Jan. 22.

The centuries-old Sabarimala temple is one of the world’s largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, drawing up to 50 million devotees each year.

Since the court ruled against the ban on Sept. 28, busloads of female Hindus have traveled through the dense jungle of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala, to enter the hilltop temple. But Hindu priests and throngs of conservative protesters have blocked them from entering.

AP

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