TDB stands with Kerala govt on Sabarimala issue: Padmakumar

Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) President A Padmakumar on Friday said the TDB stands by the government which protects Sabarimala, other temples and the Board and denied reports of him quitting. He further claimed the issue involving the Devaswom Commissioner was misinterpreted by the media. Continue Reading

Sabarimala priest submits explanation over purification ritual to TDB

Sabarimala temple head priest Kandararu Rajeevaru in an explanation to the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) denied conducting the purification ritual due to the entry of the two women of menstruating age into the Ayyappa temple on 2 January. Continue Reading

Sabarimala: Peaceful Sunday in Kerala, over 5,700 people held

Kerala was mostly peaceful Sunday after four days of widespread violence involving BJP-RSS and ruling CPI(M) workers following the entry of two women of child-bearing age into the Sabarimala temple, with 1,869 cases being registered so far and 5,769 people arrested. 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

Sabarimala closes marking the end of 41-day Mandalam season

After witnessing frenzied protests by devotees over the entry of young women in the past few weeks, the doors of Lord Ayyappa temple here closed Thursday with the auspicious Mandala puja, marking the culmination of the 41-day annual Mandalam festivities. Continue Reading