What is the meaning of 'secular temple'?A Kerala BJP leader filed a petition before the High Court of Kerala seeking a ban on non-Hindus entering the sacred shrine of Sabarimala. the State Government of Kerala opposed the petition and stated the shrine or temple is 'secular' in nature. The LDF Government has also submitted to the Hon'ble High Court that while deciding this issue, the opinion of other stake-holders like Waqf Board, Vavar (Vavar-swami) Trust and Christian and tribal organisations must be sought.
All of us know that the recent controversies on this temple. Perhaps we also know that most of the ladies who have tried to enter this sacred temple are either from non-Hindu communities or non-Malayali atheists. In this backdrop, this 'secular temple' issue will definitely create more controversies.
First thing first. Can a place of worship of any community be secular in nature? Isn't secularism related to the affairs of the state and the attitude of people? Can this concept be brought to the places of worship?