New Delhi: The Kerala Government has cited scholars to suggest that Sabarimala was once a Buddhist shrine where rituals followed were synonymous with the 'Saranathrayam' of Buddhist disciples.
In its affidavit to the Supreme Court, the state government said, "Some scholars of ancient Kerala history say that the Sabarimala Sastha Prathishta was once a Buddhist shrine."
It went on to contend that chants recited by the worshippers to Sabarimala were synonymous to the Saranathrayam of Buddhist disciples (Budham Saranam Gachami; Dharmam Saranam Gachami; Sangham Saranam Gachami).
The affidavit said the state government has no intention to create any controversy. The state has pleaded for opening Sabarimala to women of all ages.