As the Republic of Bharat, the successor civilization State of Bharatavarsha, celebrates its 73rd Independence Day, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India is hearing arguments in the Shri Ramjanmabhoomi case almost on a day-to-day basis. Judgments in the Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple case and in the Review Petitions in the Shri Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple case are yet to be pronounced.
This is apart from the fact that the Shri Jagannath Temple of Puri also finds itself before the Supreme Court, whereas for some reason arguments are yet to commence in the Writ Petition filed by the Late Shri Swami Dayananda Saraswathi Ji challenging the Temple Control Legislations of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which give ‘secular’ State Governments overarching and unbridled control over Temples and Temples alone. Add to this the fact that there exists this mind-bogglingly discriminatory and patently absurd legislation ironically titled The Places of Worship (Special provisions) Act, 1991, which prevents the victims of medieval barbaric invasions from reclaiming their places of worship and heritage, one has to wonder, how did things come to such a pass after the Indic civilization survived repeated attempts over a millennium to wipe out its existence and memory?
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I have been following your arguments for opposing the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple, apart from reading of my own, completely agree with your justification.
The most interesting part is the perpetuation of the menstruation myth surrounding the temple for its policy.
The temple clearly doesn’t allow women from the AGE group of 10-50 to enter the temple, it is a mere coincidence that those are the limits of menarche, menstruation and menopause.
Now, if menstruation was the reason for the policy, menarche generally starts from the age of 14, if not 12 minimum and menopause does not necessarily end at the age of 52, it occurs at 52 or even 60, or sometimes by late thirties.. rare cases, some women never have the cycle of menstruation too (very very rare chance).
Now if the temple really had issues with menstruation, wouldn’t they let the women who belong to rare categories w.r.t menstruation, enter the temple? If you are free from the cycle of menstruation, you shouldn’t have a problem of entry, even if you belong to the 10-50 category, right? Obtain a doctor’s certificate and get on with the it, if the problem is with menstruation, or if not, lie.
Well you can never check a woman for her menstrual cycles, if she has it or not, so that temple will not take that step.
Since none of these “solutions” have ever been attempted to oppose the “regression”, doesn’t that mean that there is in fact no problem with menstruation in the first place?
Just thinking about the myth further just makes it seem more senseless by the second, how was this accepted as the genuine reason? And how did many women also agree with it? Because it included the phenomenon of menstruation?
What’s the cause for this rebellion?