While almost all Hindu temples admit men and women of all ages to pray, the Sabarimala Temple is unique in that Lord Ayyappa has manifested himself in a form of a Naishtika Bramhachari (A determined bachelor). Out of respect for this stringent vow, it is tradition for women of childbearing age to not pray in the Sabarimala Temple. Certain women’s rights and human rights groups took offense to this, and filed Public Interest Litigations. Following a legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled that women of all ages should be allowed to pray in the Sabarimala Temple. Hindu women and devotees of childbearing age continued to prefer to respect Lord Ayyappa’s vow by not going to the Sabarimala Temple. However, various non-devotees and anti-Hindu forces were determined to enter the Sabarimala Temple. This hurt the sentiments of Hindus. Over time, it became increasingly clear that the Sabarimala matter was not about women’s rights at all, but rather the agenda of various anti-Hindu forces to assert their dominance, and the determination of Hindu forces to protect their rights. Subsequently, review petitions were submitted to the Supreme Court. The Court accepted the review petitions and referred the matter to a larger bench.