Kerala is mulling of bringing in a legislation that will open the gates of the temples in the state for all non-Hindus, who have long been debarred from entering the temple premises.
With the debate over the ‘purification‘ ceremony in the Guruvayur temple hotting up, Kerala’s Left Front government said the state ministry would consider bringing in a legislation for allowing non-Hindus to worship in temples.
According to the Cooperation and Devaswom Minister G Sudhakaran, the legislation will include all believers no matter to whichever religion they belong to worship in temples. But such legislation will be brought in after consulting with all people concerned.
The matter has to be discussed with Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and if necessary, we will bring in a law,
the minister said.
Kerala has long been in news for the non-entry of women and non- hindus to some temples. After the issue of allowing renowned Christian singer Yesudas, came to the limelight, a debate on the temple entry was going on in the state and at the national level.
And recently, the conduct of’puniyaham‘ (purification) after the visit of Union Minister Vayalar Ravi’s son Ravikrishna on the ground that his mother hailed from a Christian family has triggered a statewide debate on entry of non-Hindus into temples.
Local people from all walks of life have supported the stand taken by the state government.