Sabarimala temple closes as annual pilgrimage season comes to an end

Kerala witnessed a slew of unprecedented protests over the entry of women of menstruating age to Sabarimala. On Sunday, the Ayyappa temple was closed after the over two-month-long annual pilgrimage season at 6.15 am after darshan by P Raghava Varma Raja of the Pandalam royal family. Continue Reading

Violence continues in Kerala after Lankan woman prays at Sabarimala

A Lankan woman below 50 years succeeded in gaining entry into the Ayyappa shrine here Friday as stray incidents of violence were reported from various parts of the state, a day after BJP-RSS and right wing outfits ran riot clashing with the ruling CPI(M). Continue Reading

Sabarimala: Bombs hurled at Left leaders houses in Kerala

Violence erupted across Kerala Friday night with bombs hurled at the house of Thalassery MLA and CPI(M) leader A N Shamseer among other places. Unidentified persons riding a bike hurled a bomb at Shamseer’s house at Madapeedikayil near Thalassery in Kannur district of northern Kerala at around 10.15 pm. Continue Reading

Sabarimala: Kerala governor seeks report from CM on violence

As Kerala saw widespread violence on Thursday, Governor P Sathasivam sought an “urgent report” from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the disturbances during the 12-hour state-wide shutdown called by Hindu fringe groups and supported by the BJP. Continue Reading

Sabarimala: Media in Kerala boycott BJP for attacks on scribes

With media personnel being attacked at various districts during the 12 hour hartal by saffron outfits against entry of two women in their 40s into Sabarimala temple, the Kerala Union of Working Journalists Thursday decided to boycott BJP and Sabarimala Karma Samithi. Continue Reading

Kerala turns into war zone after women’s entry into Sabarimala

Hurling crude bombs and stones, Hindu fringe groups Thursday rampaged through the streets of Kerala, fighting pitched battles with police and political rivals, leaving scores of people injured, including three BJP workers in a knife attack, officials said. Continue Reading

Women’s entry into Sabarimala sparks violent protests across Kerala

Cloaked in black veils and shrouded in early morning darkness, two women of menstruating age group made history on Wednesday when they stepped into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, breaking a centuries-old tradition defying dire threats from the Hindu right. Continue Reading