A row broke out Tuesday over the violation of tradition by an RSS leader and a temple board official, who climbed the sacred 18 steps without carrying the customary "Irumudikettu" (offerings carried by devotees for the deity).
Responding to the issue, he said he had not violated any customs and claimed that he ascended the 18 steps carrying the sacred offerings.
Shortly after K P Sankaradas, member, Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) which manages the shrine, said a probe would be conducted, much to his embarrassment, visuals of him climbing the holy steps Monday surfaced.
Sabarimala tantri (head priest), Kandararu Rajeevaru made it clear that only the tantris and members of the erstwhile Pandalam Royal family could climb the steps without "Irrumudikettu."
As a tense situation prevailed at the temple complex Tuesday morning when frenzied devotees tried to prevent a 52-year-old woman devotee from offering prayers suspecting that she was of menopausal age, Valsan had appealed to the ayyappas (as the devotees are commonly called) to maintain calm.
He also addressed the pilgrims using a microphone.
Valsan, who has been camping at the shrine complex since Monday, also cautioned them against alleged "unruly elements", who could intrude to create trouble at the hill shrine.
BJP-RSS were not interested in maintaining the purity of Sabarimala, he said at Kozhikode.
"I am not a person who goes to the temple. Even then, when I visited Sabarimala recently, I went to the sannidhanam without climbing the holy steps as I had not carried the Irumudikettu," he said.
Chennithala also criticised the attack on the woman devotee and media personnel.
Attacking the CPI(M) led LDF government,BJP President P S Sreedharan Pillai said pilgrims have been denied the basic facilities like rooms, drinking water and wash rooms at Sabarimala and this was a violation of human rights.
He also written to the National Human Rights Commission in this regard.
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