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“Knew Life Would Be In Danger, But…”: Women Who Prayed At Sabarimala

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Bindu Ammini and Kanaka Durga defied an ancient ban on entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala on Wednesday, sparking protests and calls for a strike by Hindu groups outraged by their visit.

Sabarimala Bindhu (42) and Kanaka DurgaKERALA: Bindu Ammini and Kanaka Durga, the two women in their 40s who made history by offering prayers
at Kerala’s Sabarimala temple this week despite threats from right-wing groups, have told NDTV that
even though their move may have endangered their lives, it was their constitutional right. “I knew my
life will be in danger but I still wanted to go into the temple. We are proud that we have made it
easier for women who want to go to Sabarimala now,” Kanaka Durga said.
“We went into the temple because it’s our constitutional right,” Bindu said. “It’s about devotion but
it’s also about gender equality,” Kanaka added. Their families were against them visiting the temple,
they said.

Bindu and Kanaka defied an ancient ban on entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala on Wednesday,
sparking protests and calls for a strike by conservative Hindu groups outraged by their visit.

The Supreme Court in September ordered the lifting of the ban on women or girls of menstruating age
from entering the temple, which draws millions of worshippers a year.

But the temple refused to abide by the ruling and subsequent attempts by women to visit it had been
blocked by thousands of devotees.

“It’s a very small section of people who are protesting in Kerala and are violent. A lot of people have
supported us and respected us. It’s parties who are trying to play politics,” Bindu said.

Responding to allegations from right-wing groups that the communist government in the state had
“conspired” to facilitate their visit, Bindu said, “The Chief Minister or the state government never
contacted us directly.”

“But we got support from them like any woman would have once she reached the basecamp,” she added.

On Wednesday, before daybreak, the two women arrived at the basecamp for the temple in a fuel tanker,
lying down by the side of the driver, sources said. They were escorted by plainclothes police and went
in through a side gate without any devotees noticing.

Currently, given the threat to their lives, they are being kept under protection of the state police
and groups they described as “progressive people seeking to uphold constitutional values”.

The hill temple, which pays homage to the celibate god Ayyappan and draws millions of worshippers a
year, is one of a few in India that bar entry to girls and women between the ages of 10 and 50, saying
that menstruating women are impure.

After their visit, the head priest of the temple closed it down and performed “purification” rituals –
a move that was an “insult” to women, Bindu said.

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