Sabarimala temple row: SC to hear all petitions on November 13

The Supreme Court will hear all 19 petitions seeking a review of Kerala's Sabarimala temple verdict on November 13. 

Sabarimala temple row: SC to hear all petitions on November 13

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear all 19 petitions seeking a review of Kerala's Sabarimala temple verdict on November 13. 

Last month, the SC upturned centuries-old rule, allowing women in the menstrual age group to enter the Lord Ayyaappa temple, sparking a widespread protest among the devotees.

The temple's gates for visitors on Monday evening after the monthly puja. The Lord Ayappa shrine opens for five days in a month. 

Kerala has been on the tenterhooks after the temple opened for the monthly pujas first time after the September 28 verdict by the top court which overturned a centuries-old practice that barred women of menstrual age from entering the hill temple.

Nearly 12 women were prevented from the entering the Sabarimala temple by the Ayyappan devotees.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul considered the submissions of lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara on Monday that his petition seeking review of the constitutional bench judgement be listed for urgent hearing.

The bench had said that the review petitions could only be taken up after the Dussehra vacation, adding that in any case, it will be heard in the chamber and not in open court.

The petition filed by Shylaja Vijayan, president, National Ayyappa Devotees Association through Nedumpara, had submitted that, "Faith cannot be judged by scientific or rationale reasons or logic".

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

With agency inputs