Sabarimala Temple of Shasta situated at Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta , Kerala. Women devotees of menstruating age are not permitted to worship here, this ban being said to be out of respect to the celibate nature of the deity in this temple. In September 2018, a judgement of the Supreme Court of India ruled that all pilgrims regardless of gender, including women in the menstruating age group, should be allowed entrance to Sabarimala.The Constitution bench of the Supreme Court held that any exception placed on women because of biological differences violates the Constitution - that the ban violates the right to equality under Article 14, and freedom of religion under Article 25.
Arguments against women entry
Some believe that such religious restriction is not odd as they are as per traditions to respect the deity of the temple; similar to this there are restrictions against men too in several prominent temples, for example Bramha temple, Pushkar. The lawyer representing two women's groups and a devotee sangam in the Supreme Court case has argued that the deity Ayyappan should be considered as a person, and should be given the Constitutional right to privacy under Article 21, thus restricting women of menstruating age from visiting him per his will.
Arguments in favour of women entry
Those in favour of allowing women entry to Sabarimala temple argue that menstruation is not impure, and that women have equal right to enter the temple.Some pointed out that women are allowed to enter other temples of Ayyappan, so that the exception for Sabarimala is unusual and inconsistent.