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

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

Hartal begins in Kerala against 2 women worshipping in Sabarimala

Merchants’ organisations have said they will not cooperate with the hartal and keep shops and business establishments open. State DGP Loknath Behara has warned of strict action against those indulging in violence during the hartal. Continue Reading

Two women in 40s climb Sabarimala, have darshan at Ayyappa Temple

Reacting to the news, Rahul Easwar, activist and leader of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena, said, “I don’t think it is true…They might have done that in absolute secrecy. Once we know, we will take appropriate action.” But Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has confirmed that the two women worshipped at the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Continue Reading

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

BJP president Amit Shah likely to pray at Sabarimala temple

BJP president Amit Shah, who has pledged his party’s support to devotees protesting the entry of women of all ages into Ayyappa temple, has expressed a wish to offer prayers at the hill shrine in Sabarimala during the annual pilgrim season starting 17 November, a party leader said Monday. Continue Reading

Cops use force to disperse protesters at Sabarimala foothills

The protesters, who were few in numbers at Nilackal, ran from the spot when the police initiated action in the early hours today when they tried to block buses from the key entry point to the temple. Continue Reading