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36-years-old Kerala woman activist dyed her hair grey, claims she entered Sabarimala temple

ANI  |  Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), [India] 

Amidst uproar on the entry of women of menstruating age into the temple, a 36-year-old activist, Manju, from has claimed that she entered the hilltop temple and offered prayers to Lord Ayyappa on Tuesday.

In order to prove Manju's claims, a group called 'Renaissance Towards Sabarimala' has posted a series of photos and videos on their page.

In one of the videos, can be heard claiming that she entered on January 8 and faced no resistance as a young woman devotee, adding that she offered prayers and spent around two hours in the temple.

also said that she sought the support from Ayyappa Seva Sangham to offer prayers in the hilltop shrine revealing she comes in the category below 50 years.

Manju, who had earlier tried to enter the shrine in October, was dissuaded by the police citing heavy rainfall in the area.

One of the pictures on shows that dyed her hair grey in order to look old (above 50 years) and refrain from protests or being attacked by protesters.

Presently, is witnessing protests triggered in several parts of the state after two women of menstruating age- Bindu and Kanakadurga- entered the hilltop shrine.

Several organisations also called a state-wide shutdown on January 3 to protest against entry of the women into the

BJP also held a protest march in various parts of the state against the entry of women into the hilltop shrine.

On September 28, 2018, the had lifted ban on entry of women between 10 to 50 years into the

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 12:55 IST