Hartal in Kerala; but Sabarimala pilgrim season rolls out

Thousands of pilgrims offered prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala early today, the first day of the Malayalam month Vrischikom, even as a 12-hour hartal against the preventive detention of a Hindu Aikya Vedi leader began. Pilgrims, including children, queued up in large numbers since the temple opened at 3 am. Continue Reading