Friday August 24 2007 14:24 IST
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday upheld the decision taken by the Managing Committee of Guruvayur Devaswom on July 26, 2007, to let women wearing churidar enter Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple.
The decision was challenged by K.Mohandas of Chelari on the grounds that the Gruvayur Devaswom Act and Rules did not permit a dress other than saree for women entering the temple. Shirt, banian, lungi, kaily, chappals etc. are also not permitted inside the temple.
We find it difficult to accept the contention of the petitioner, the Bench consisting of Justice K.S.Radhakrishnan and Justice V.K.Mohanan said. Wearing of churidar by devotees cannot be said to be objectionable since the same is a popular dress worn by women in the country.
We are not prepared to say the wearing of saree by a devotee can be considered a customary rite.
True, the Managing Committee earlier never permitted churidar, but that does not mean that wearing of sarees is a customary rite in the temple, the Bench said.
Even otherwise the Devaswom Committee has got the power to permit entry of devotees who wear a dress other than saree.
The court has not been furnished with any material to establish that the wearing of saree is a customary rite or customary usage as far as Guruvayur temple is concerned. On the other hand women have welcomed the decision of the Managing Committee to permit devotees wearing churidar.
Hence we are not prepared to say that the decision in anyway affected the customary right of the devotees.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS