The bank was formed by then Supreme President Dipak Misra, Judge Rohinton Fali Nariman, Judge AM Khanwilkar, Judge DY Chandrachud and Judge Indu Malhotra, who was the sole dissent of the verdict.
In February 2019, the Supreme Court reserved judgment after hearing several requests from parties such as the Nair Services Society, the temple priest and the Travancore Devaswom Council, seeking a review of the Sept. 28 trial.
The verdict comes just two days before the Sabarimala temple reopens for the two-month 'mandalam' season, starting Nov. 16.
Keeping in mind the sensitivity of the situation, some 2,500 police and women will be stationed in and around the temple complex for two weeks. Devasoms Minister Kadakampally Surendran is also reviewing the arrangements on a daily basis and now several facilities such as 40 potable water counters, over 800 potable water taps, five emergency medical facilities, medical emergency, oxygen rooms in addition to 1,500 toilets were also set up in and around the temple complex.
Situated in the mountains of the Western Ghats, at an altitude of 914 meters above sea level, Sabarimala Temple is four kilometers from Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, about 100 km from the capital.
The temple is dedicated to the celibate Hindu deity Ayyappan, also known as Dharma Sastha, who is believed to be the son of Shiva and Mohini, the female incarnation of Vishnu.
Devout pilgrims observe celibacy for 41 days before heading to Sabarimala. Every pilgrim carries a kit (Al Alrumudi – – which contains broken coconuts just before climbing the 18 steps) on his head during the pilgrimage and without him no one can climb the 18 sacred steps in the Sannidhanam. 39;