New Delhi: In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by KK Ramesh from Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court has asserted that the pilgrimage experience at Sabarimala should be on par with other major temples across the country. The court emphasized that arrangements for darshan, akin to those in revered sites like the Golden Temple, should be made at Sabarimala.
Furthermore, the Supreme Court directed authorities overseeing Sabarimala to take note of the arrangements implemented in other temples for the benefit of devotees. The PIL sought the formulation of a master plan to manage the crowd at Sabarimala and proposed implementing a registration system, akin to the one in place at the Amarnath temple.
However, the Supreme Court, led by Justice Surya Kant and Justice KV Viswanathan, clarified that the decision regarding the petition lies with the Kerala High Court. The bench expressed that the High Court would provide a clearer perspective on the situation at Sabarimala, citing a specialized bench to handle devaswom cases.
While rejecting the petition, the Supreme Court acknowledged the inadequacy of facilities and arrangements at Sabarimala, especially during the Mandalam season, causing inconvenience to devotees. The court stressed that the government should emulate the successful crowd control and darshan arrangements observed at major pilgrimage centers like Tirupati, Vaishno Devi Temple, and the Golden Temple.