Tharayil, Congress leader and member of TDB, said on a Facebook post that those who believe in temple and idol worship should be allowed in temples.
Thiruvananthapuram: Triggering a public debate, a member of Travancore Devaswom Board has demanded lifting of ban on entry of non-Hindus to temples. Reacting to the demand, president of Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages several temples, said it could not be implemented “unilaterally”.
Reacting to the demand, minister for tourism and Devaswom, Kadakam-pally Surendran wanted to avoid ‘unnecessary’ debate on the issue and said except in Sree Krishna Temple in Guruvayur, there was no bar for entry of non-Hindus in temples.
However, he said the issue of Guruvayur Krishna temple was serious and it has to be resolved after a public hearing. “No temples in Kerala seeks any certificate (regarding religion) for entry”, he added.
Ajay Tharayil, Congress leader and member of TDB, said on a Facebook post that those who believe in temple and idol worship should be allowed in temples. He also said that he has not placed this request in the Board meeting as he wanted the issue to be discussed in public first. “I will place the matter before the Board later,” he said.
A unilateral decision can not be taken on the matter, TDB president Prayar Gopalakrishnan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram. It has to be discussed with Thanthri Samajam (outfit of priests), temple advisory committees and also with authorities of other four Devaswom Boards in the state before reaching a decision, he said.
Cochin Devaswom Board, Malabar Devas-wom Board, Koodalm-anikayam Devaswom Board and Guruvayur Devaswom are the other temple managing committees in the state. There was no restriction for devotees in the name of religion for entry in several temples temples, including famed Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala now. However, this discrimination exist in some temples as per the rule of that particular shrine, Gopalakrishnan said.