Chief priest threatens to close Sabarimala Ayyappa temple

The two women were 500 metres from the 18 steps — the golden steps — that lead to the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine of Lord Ayyappa when they decided to turn back. On these steps sat about 20 priests today, chanting and clapping, ready to form a barrier if the women did make it through the last half km. The priests threatened to stop rituals and prayers and shut down the temple. Continue Reading