Under the guidance of Poojya Swamiji, Hind Navotthana Pratishtan and Narayanashrma Tapovanam have filed PIL in Supreme Court seeking directions allowing equality in the matter of worship in any public place of worship, especially Shabarimala in this case. Women should not be prohibited from entering temples as devotees, on the basis of their gender. Such prohibition is against the injunctions of our śāstras, right from Vedic times, as also against the Constitution of India. The samatva we find in the Constitution is only a fractional reflection of the comprehensive samatva our śāstras, including Bhagavadgeetā, enjoin. Anyone who seeks to worship in a public temple, should be welcomed piously. Anything to the contrary is repugnant to the values and principles on which worship rests.
The affidavit also states: “Just as customs can be good, noble and great, they can also be derogatory, destructive and retrograde, as has happened in the case of women, their religious status and equality. Unless each custom involving social cohesion and well-being is examined from time to time by dharmic thinkers rationally in the light of the Scriptures, their purity, sanctity and benevolence cannot be assured and preserved.”
To adjudge the matter solely on the basis of Constitution will be incomplete and partial. It will also hurt a large majority of people, who look to the śāstras with faith, respect and a sense of refuge. Wherever the śāstras have clear pronouncements in the matter, allowing what the Constitution enjoins, it is imperative that the voice of the śāstras is equally heeded and upheld. This will be to appease and assure the minds of millions of devotees and cultural proponents.
Poojya Swamiji’s intention is to enlighten the Judiciary about the vision and view of Vedic times, as the Hon’ble judges enquired and sought to know, right when the application was first taken up for consideration.