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Kerala’s Sabarimala temple now to be known as Sree Ayyappaswamy Temple

Board authorities said the decision to change the name of the temple was taken at the meeting of the board on October 5.

By: PTI | Kochi | Updated: November 21, 2016 6:22 pm
Kerala's renowned hill shrine, the Sabarimala: Ayyappa devotees throng at Sannidanam in Sabarimala on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Kerala’s renowned hill shrine, the Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, visited by lakhs of devotees from all over India and abroad, will now be known as Sabarimala Sree Ayyappaswamy Temple, the temple administration has said. In a major decision, the Travancore Devaswom Board, which governs the holy shrine, has issued an order changing the name of the temple to Sabarimala Sree Ayyappaswamy Temple. In official records, the temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and situated in a dense forest in Pathanamthitta district, is known as Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple.

Board authorities said the decision to change the name of the temple was taken at the meeting of the board on October 5. “There are many Dharmasastha temples under the Devaswom Board, but Sabarimala is the one and only holy seat in the world where Sree Ayyappaswamy presides. That is the reason why crores of devotees visit Sabarimala every year to have darshan of Lord Ayyappaswamy,” the board officials said.

The journey to the temple, which is open to all, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, is through difficult paths in the forest as vehicles can go only up to Pampa. The temple attracts pilgrims not only from the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, but also from other parts of the country and abroad. The Travancore Devaswom Board, an autonomous body, is entrusted with the task of administrating 1,248 temples, including Sabarimala, in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore.

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  1. Balu Balasubramanian
    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:13 pm
    A terribly stupid move. ! why was it named Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple,in the first place and why is it being changed now?
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      Nov 24, 2016 at 2:54 am
      This is to wipe out the Buddhist legacy. Kerala has a strong Buddhist, Jain and pre-vedic Hindu legacy which is beautifully reflected in our temple rituals and festivals . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;As regards entry of women, well, ladies do go to temple . He too is a Bramhachari .
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        Arun kumar
        Nov 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm
        This is insane decision. Who gives the right to change the temple name. Devaswom board is there to manage the affairs of the temple according to traditions,but they do all the stupid things other than that. All because of the communist party.