Now Sabarimala Ayyappa temple is open to women also.Honorable Supreme Court have come out with a historical judgment allowing women of all age to visit and worship Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala. Out of the five member bench of the highest court of the country declared this decision with only one of the five judges giving a judgement differently.
Till now the temple entry was denied to women aged between ten to fifty years. This was based on a belief that Lord Ayyappa is a bachelor consistently. This belief was there since from the very beginning of the temple, hundreds of years back. This Ayyappa temple is in the midst of a thick forest, and one has no other means of journey other by walk. About a hundred km one had to walk earlier. Perhaps it might have been the reason for denying the worship by women devotees. Now vehicles can go very close to the premises and the practical issue has been solved. Now the highest Court has cleared the age limit barrier.