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Sabarimala Row: Agitating devotees prevented entry of one more woman to Ayyappa temple

Sabarimala, Oct 22 (GCCurrentAffairs) The agitating devotees prevented the entry of one more woman who came to Lord Ayyappa temple on the concluding day of the five-day monthly Poojas here on Monday.

For the past four days, a dozen of women who came to Pamba base, was prevented by the agitating devotees from proceeding to Sannidanam, the abode of Lord Ayyappa temple, where the entry for women between the age group of 10 and 50 was restricted as per the temple customs.

On Monday morning, a young woman hailing from Kozhikode approached the Erumeli police seeking permission to trek Sabarimala temple.

Though the woman, identified as Bindu accompanied by two men, arrived at Pamba base, she could not proceed further due to strong protest from the agitating devotees.

According to reports, she was conveyed by the police about the strong protest from the agitating devotees leading to cancellation of her trekking to the hillock temple.

Meanwhile, the agitators staged a protest march to her relative’s house at Kottayam, where her parents were staying. After ascertaining that the woman is staying in Kozhikode now, the agitators left the place.

According to police, the media was asked to vacate the Sannidanam, Pamba and Nilakkal tonight fearing targeted attack on police and mediapersons.

Earlier, media persons were attacked by the agitators on Wednesday last after the Government’s decision to implement the SC order allowing the entry for women of all ages at the temple.

The temple, which opened on October 17th evening for the five-day monthly Poojs from October 18 to 22, will be closed at 2200 hrs on Monday. Hence, the entry will be restricted for all devotees after 1900 hrs this evening.

The temple will be opened again on November five for ‘Chithira Aattavisesham,’ the birth anniversary of Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the former head of the Travancore Royal family. Later, the temple will be closed on November 6 at 2200 hrs.

The two-month annual festival will begin from November 15 at 1730 hrs.

Via UNI-India

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