Days after an elephant ran amok injuring 12 devotees at the famous Sabarimala shrine, the Travancore Devaswom Board, the apex temple body, today said it would continue parading the animals as it was a 'ritual.'
The incident occurred on March 30, when the temple elephant was carrying an idol of Lord Ayyappa during the 'aarattu' procession, raising serious safety concerns.
A 'devaprashnam,' the astrological consultation, would soon be conducted at the shrine to know the 'divine will' in continuing the tradition of using elephants for the temple ceremonies.
He said the Forest Department and some others were opposing the parading of elephants in the wake of the recent incident.
"If the devaprashnam suggests to continue with the parading of the elephants, we will abide by it come what may. However, if the divine will is against it, we will not continue the practice," he added.
The devaprashnam is be held in the Malayalam month of 'Edavam' (May-June), Padmakumar said.
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