New Delhi: Following the uproar over two women entering the Sabarimala premises, the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) have sought an explanation from Kantararu Rajeeveru, the temple tantri or the priest, as to why they conducted a “purification ritual” on Wednesday, said a TDB official.

TDB president A Padmakumar said that the tantri would be given 15 days’ time to give his explanation. “The purification ritual is against the directive of the Supreme Court and hence we have asked him to explain. Further action will follow after going through his explanation,” said Padmakumar.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday alleged that women had entered the Lord Ayyappa shrine disguised as transgenders. Adding that people were transgressing in the name of women rights, Lekhi said the narrative was coming from the people, who “neither understand Hinduism nor do they know the practices of rituals”.

From Kamakhya to Chengallur, the goddesses are worshipped as “rajaswala” in the menstruating form, she said. “This is what Hinduism is. So, we have a space for everything and one such ritual in a small temple-like Sabarimala has its own ritualistic practices.” (Also Read: ‘I Climbed Holy Steps, But Was Denied Entry to Sabarimala’, Claims Sri Lankan Woman)

Referring to the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple on Wednesday, Lekhi attacked the Left government in Kerala, saying, “(The) government, which is refusing to maintain law and order in that state, is acting in a manner where it transports two women in an ambulance and surreptitiously takes them as a transgender.”

The BJP leader alleged that a certain kind of narrative was being set in the country where men are made to feel small and anti-feminist about the issue.

“One person has died because of stone-pelting. The state government is squarely responsible for their deaths. Guruswamy, one among four of those worshippers, had committed suicide. You are actually doing things to provoke (the) community. You are leading to a particular anarchical form,” she added.

Kerala had witnessed unprecedented violence and mayhem on Thursday, a day after two women entered the hill shrine, infuriating right-wing outfits, with protesters blocking roads by placing burning tyres and granite blocks.

(With agency inputs)