TDB to meet soon to finalise stand on Sabarimala issue

The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple, said it will meet soon and take a stand necessary to protect the beliefs and faith related to the hilltop shrine.

The statement comes even as a nine-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court is all set to hear from January 13, the issue of allowing women and girls of all ages to enter the shrine along with other contentious issues of alleged discrimination against Muslim and Parsi women.

TDB president N. Vasu told that the Board does not intend to make the shrine a place of violence.

"We will consider the interests of the devotees, the legal issues with regard to the Sabarimala verdict, and the present situation of the shrine. We want the prevailing peace and harmony of the shrine to continue," Vasu said.

Meanwhile, State Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran said the Left government will reiterate its earlier stand on Sabarimala in the Supreme Court that the decision on women's entry be taken after seeking the opinion of an expert panel on religion.