The Pandalam Palace has contested the reported observation of a Supreme Court judge that the practice of denying “entry for women in a particular age group to Sabarimala cannot have existed for more than 50 years.”

A senior lawyer, too, had wrongly stated before the court on Wednesday that the practice was 60 years old.

In a chat with
The Hindu
, the Pandalam Palace managing committee chairman P. Rama Varma Raja said that both the versions were grossly unfounded and misleading. According to him, the practice prevailed at Sabarimala even before 1863 and this is what an authentic survey report published during the British Raj substantiates.

The
Memoir of Survey of Travancore and Cochin States
, written by Benjamin Swain Ward and first published in 1863 by ‘Travancore Circar’, has unambiguously mentioned about certain restrictions for women’s entry to Sabarimala, said Mr. Raja.

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