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Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

This is the second time Ayyappa's temple had opened in three weeks. Here are all the updates on Sabarimala temple row

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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temple is open to devotees amid unprecedented security over apprehension of protests by those opposing the Supreme Court order allowing women of all age groups into the shrine. Today, Lord Ayyappa's temple will hold "Sree Chitira Atta Thirunal" puja to mark the birth anniversary of the last king of the princely state of Travancore Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma. has virtually turned into a fortress with hundreds of police personnel, including armed commandos, dotting the place where surveillance cameras and mobile phone jammers were installed.

No woman in the age group of 10 to 50 years has yet been able to visit temple since the apex court's order on September 28.

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

The odious politics and perfidious ways of BJP stand exposed. Evidence has surfaced that BJP leaders in the State connived to create trouble in Sabarimala. It must be noted that their State president himself was involved in the ruse. This is highly condemnable. — Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) November 5, 2018

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

Kerala High Court on Monday said that devotees and media at Sabarimala Temple should not be blocked.

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

High drama at Sabarimala temple complex There was high drama at the Sabarimala temple complex Tuesday morning with devotees protesting against the entry of a woman pilgrim, suspecting her to be in the menstrual age.   Lalitha (52) from Tirur had come to the temple with 19 relatives, including women, for her grandson's 'chorunnu' (rice giving ceremony).   She was near the 'nadapandal' (area just before devotees climb the 18 steps to reach the sanctum sanctorum) when her group was suddenly surrounded by about 200 frenzied protesters clapping and chanting 'Ayyappa saranam' mantra, suspecting that she was below 50 years.   Police immediately intervened and after ascertaining the woman's age, informed the protesting devotees that she was not in the 'barred' age group and escorted her away.

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

During the protests, a number of media persons, including a cameraman of a Kerala-based television channel, were attacked by agitating devotees. Click HERE to read more

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

Lalitha's entry into the holy shrine was opposed by protesters suspecting that she belonged to the age group of 10-50. However, she was allowed to enter after verification under police protection.

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

A 52-year-old female devotee from Thrissur offered prayers at the Sabarimala Temple on Tuesday, amid agitation by protestors regarding her entry.

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

A video journalist was injured in clashes at Sabarimala on Tuesday morning over reports of a woman below 50 attempting to enter the temple. 

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

According to police officials, no women devotee approached them for assistance in facilitating their entry in Sabarimala Temple.

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

Around 1,500 personnel are deployed in Pamba and Sannidhanam for maintenance of law and order.

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

In a purported audio clip, Pillai claimed of being in touch with Sabarimala priests before they warned police officials of closing the Sabarimala Temple if women enter the temple premises last month. However, Pillai defended himself saying, "So what? I am a lawyer also, he (Rajeevaru) had taken a legal opinion from me. Many CPM Ministers have also taken opinion from me and I have fought cases.

Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

Chief priest of the Sabarimala Temple, Kandararu Rajeevaru denied consulting BJP Kerala unit chief P S Sreedharan Pillai before taking a call on shutting the doors of the Lord Ayyappa's shrine if women in the menstruating age entered its sanctum sanctorum.

First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 09:01 IST
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Sabarimala temple: Protesters target journalists, women at Sannidhanam

This is the second time Ayyappa's temple had opened in three weeks. Here are all the updates on Sabarimala temple row

temple is open to devotees amid unprecedented security over apprehension of protests by those opposing the Supreme Court order allowing women of all age groups into the shrine. Today, Lord Ayyappa's temple will hold "Sree Chitira Atta Thirunal" puja to mark the birth anniversary of the last king of the princely state of Travancore Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma. has virtually turned into a fortress with hundreds of police personnel, including armed commandos, dotting the place where surveillance cameras and mobile phone jammers were installed.

No woman in the age group of 10 to 50 years has yet been able to visit temple since the apex court's order on September 28.

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