Reportedly many in kerala expressed happiness as the supreme court on thursday referred the issue of entry of women into sabarimala Ayyappa temple and other religious places to a larger seven judge bench. Meanwhile what has come as a dampener is that there is no stay on september 28, 2018 judgment which lifted the ban on the entry of women aged between 10 and 50 in the temple, which means women of all ages can visit the shrine till a larger bench decides this issue.
Furthermore this means it's going to be trouble for the pinarayi vijayan led Left government as certain women's organizations have announced that they will be coming to pray at the temple when the two month long festival opens at 5 a.m. on Sunday. Further activist Tripthi Desai when reacting to the verdict said that since there is no stay on the verdict, she will be reaching sabarimala temple soon.
When reacting to the verdict, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said this is a setback to the Left government as there is going to be a review. Chennithala said "While this ruling gives hope to the believers that the new larger bench will take into account the issue of faith. For the kerala government this is a setback”. Moreover the sabarimala temple 'tantri', Kanteraru Rajeevan expressed hope and happiness that this new directive gives strength to the Ayyappa believers.