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 temple closed for purification after women’s entry

Tension surrounding Sabarimala temple hit a new peak today as two women, in their forties, claimed to have entered the shrine during the early hours of today. Continue Reading

Sabarimala: Three-member panel visits Nilackal, Pamba

The three-member High-Power monitoring committee, appointed by the Kerala High court, Monday visited Nilackal, the base camp and Pamba to assess the facilities for Sabarimala pilgrims. Continue Reading

Sabarimala: TDB not to file review plea against SC order

The TDB, which administers the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, Wednesday decided against filing a review petition against the Supreme Court order lifting the ban on women of menstruating age from entering the shrine, saying it has “no relevance now.” Continue Reading

High tension in Kerala as Sabarimala temple gates open

Tensions are high in Kerala as Sabarimala temple gates were opened today to all devotees, including women, for the first time since a Supreme Court order overturned a centuries-old ban on women of menstruating age – between 10 and 50 – from visiting the shrine. Continue Reading

Will women make it to Sabarimala for Thulam pooja?

With just hours left for the opening of Sabarimala Temple for Thulam pooja, suspense prevails as to whether women will be allowed or not due to a section of devotees and NDA functionaries protesting against their entry tomorrow. Continue Reading

Kerala woman faces online abuse for planning Sabarimala trip

Amid raging protests over the Sabarimala issue, a Keralite woman, who announced her decision to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine, Monday complained that she was being slut-shamed and subjected to threats and abuses on social media. Continue Reading

Sabarimala row: TDB to hold meeting with stakeholders

Amid continuing protests on the Sabarimala issue, a temple body which manages the Lord Ayyappa shrine Sunday invited various stakeholders for a meeting to discuss ‘various aspects,’ including preparations for the annual pilgrimage season. Continue Reading

Sabarimala issue: Kerala govt not to file review petition

The Kerala government Wednesday made it clear it has no plan to file a review petition against the Supreme Court order allowing women of all age groups into the Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala. Continue Reading

Pampa river soon to get 2 Bailey bridges built by Army

The Army will build two Bailey bridges across the Pampa river to restore connectivity between two paths to the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabiramala, damaged in the floods, a body governing it said. Continue Reading