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‘History Made’: Twitter Cheers For the Women Devotees Who Entered Sabarimala Temple

The pilgrimage of two Kerala-based women at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala has caused an uproar on social media. In fact, #SaveSabarimala became the top trending hashtag on Indian twitter on Wednesday after a video of the women, dressed in black clothes and entering the shrine, first surfaced on the microblogging site.

By entering the holy shrine, Bindu and Kanakadurga became the first female pilgrims of menstruating age to have entered Sabarimala after the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict last year. The women had last year also attempted to trek to Sannidhanam, but were forced to return due to protests.

Their entry comes a day after an estimated 50 lakh women lined the streets of the southern state from Kasargod to Vellayambalam on Tuesday to push for gender justice, with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan calling it a collective voice of dissent against those opposing the Sabarimala verdict. Speaking to CNN-News18, Kanakadurga said they completed their pilgrimage without police protection and were not met by any protesting devotees, who have foiled similar attempts by women in the past.
While there’s no denying the hatred, a section of Twitter users lauded both the women for their bravery and creating history.

“What an incredible moment in the history of India. Women under 50 enter for the first time in #Sabarimala One small step for women, giant leap for gender equality! Feminists rejoice. What a day. What a year. What a moment to be alive. #Feminism #WomensWall,” a user tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Sabarimala head priest, Kandaru Rajeevaru, has ordered to shut the temple till 12 pm for “purification” after the reports of women’s entry into the temple were confirmed.

Updated: January 2, 2019 — 7:52 am
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