Kerala High Court ordered to continue to not allow churidar-clad women devotees to enter Sree Padmanabha Swami temple.
The court made it clear that the word of the ‘Thanthri’ (presiding priest) is final regarding temple rites and rituals and the executive officer has no right to make changes in the tradition as he is only an employee.
The Devaswom bench issued the order on two petitions challenging the decision to allow devotees wearing churidar to enter the temple.
Breaking an age-old tradition at the temple, executive officer K N Satheesh had put churidars on the allowed list from November 29, against the opinion of the chairman of the temple administrative committee, K Haripal, who wanted the present dress code maintained. However the joys of the churidar lovers were short-lived as they found activists lined up to block those who attempted to enter the temple ‘violating tradition’.
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