Thiruvananthapuram: Henceforth, Women can enter the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram by wearing churidar. The order in this regard was issued by the Executive Officer of the temple.Till now, women were able to enter the temple only by wearing a saree or wrapping a dhoti above the churidar. A person named Riya Raji approached the court against this custom.
The Kerala High Court which considered the writ petition filed by Riya on September 29, entrusted the temple executive officer to discuss the matter with devotees’ organizations to take an appropriate decision.The governing body appointed by the Supreme Court had dismissed the decision of Executive Officer KN Satheesh that women wearing churidar can be allowed to enter the temple.
However, the governing body changes this decision later.The leaders of Kerala Bhramana Sabha, Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Bhakthajana Seva Samithy, Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Bhaktha Jana Sabha, the Temple Chief Priest (Thanthri) and the Royal Family were against allowing people to wear modern dress into the temple.Policemen and advocates are allowed to wear their uniforms while reporting for duty. Students are also required to wear uniforms in shcools.How is it that only Padmanabhaswamy Temple is asked to change the customs,? the leaders asked.
They also pointed out that women wearing churidar cannot be allowed to enter the temple as churidar is not a hindu dress.