Alappuzha: Kerala PWD Minister and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader G. Sudhakaran on Sunday slammed the Sabarimala temple tantri saying the donkeys in the temple town have more grace. Sudhakaran further said they (tantris) do not appear to have any attachment or concern towards Lord Ayyappa.

The CPI-M leader, who is known for his blunt nature said the aforementioned statement at an inaugural speech at a cultural event. “At the temple town, it is the donkeys that do most of the work. Till date, they have not gone on any protest. After their hard work, they take rest near the Pamba river. These donkeys have more grace than the tantri,” said a fuming Sudhakaran.

Notably, G. Sudhakaran has been upset with the Sabarimala tantri family ever since they threatened to close down the temple in case a woman in the age group 10 to 50 arrives to pray at the shrine in line with a Supreme Court verdict.

The members of the Kantararu family hold the tantric rights of the Sabarimala temple. The present chief tantri is Kantararu Rajeevaru and it was he who made the offending remark.

At the temple town, donkeys carry most goods from the base camp at Pamba to the hill temple.

Sabarimala Temple chief priest had expressed displeasure over the apex court’s ruling that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple premises. Kandararu Rajeevaru, the head priest, said that the court did not consider the age-old traditions and customs while delivering the verdict. “The Supreme Court only cares about the law, it does not care about the customs and traditions. I stand by the old customs and tradition,” he told ANI. The chief priest had also said that if woman in the age group 10 to 50 enters the hill shrine, then he would shut down the temple gates.

(With IANS inputs)