Sabarimala temple verdict: Supreme Court to hear review petitions on November 13

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 23, 2018, 11.16 AM(IST)

File photo: Devotees pay obeisance at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Photograph:( PTI )

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A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S.K. Kaul said the court is aware of the 19 petitions submitted seeking review of the judgment and has listed the hearing for November 13.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it will hear on November 13 the petitions seeking a review of its earlier verdict that allowed entry of women of all age groups in Sabarimala Temple.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S.K. Kaul said the court is aware of the 19 petitions submitted seeking review of the judgment and has listed the hearing for November 13. 

A five-judge constitution bench by a ratio of 4:1 had held that women of all age groups should be allowed entry in Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple.

The doors to Sabarimala temple closed Monday night, six days after opening for the first time since the Supreme Court lifted the ban on entry of women of menstruating age, but climbing the 18 "sacred steps" leading to the sanctum sanctorum proved a tall order for them.

The temple will open briefly on November 5 evening for the next day's 'Chithira Attavisesham' to celebrate the birth anniversary of Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the last king of Travancore.

The doors of the shrine will open on November 17 for the three-month-long Mandalam Makaravilakku celebrations when lakhs of devotees from the country and abroad visit the place every year.

If the Supreme Court does not stay or overturn its own verdict by then, enforcing its historic order may prove to be a daunting task for the Kerala government. 

(With inputs from PTI)