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Sabarimala temple

Sabarimal Temple - the shrine of Lord Ayyappa - is located atop a hill, 3000 metres above the sea level, at Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. The Sabarimala temple was once owned by the royal family of Pandalam, and its administration was handed over to the then princely state of Travancore in 1949. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world, with millions of people offering prayers at the temple chiefly from the five south Indian states. The temple opens for devotees to offer prayers for the first five days of every month in the Malayalam calendar, as well as during the annual ‘mandalam’ and ‘makaravilakku’ festivals between mid-November to mid-January. The pilgrims arrive at the temple after they undertake a rigorous 41-day vratham, or a vow of abstinence. The Supreme Court, in a historic verdict, this year lifted the centuries-old entry ban on women of all ages in the shrine.


Ajay Devgn visits Kerala's Sabarimala temple, see pictures

January 13, 2022 11:14 am

Ajay Devgn reportedly observed a month-long pre-pilgrimage rituals ahead of his visit to Sabrimala temple.

Kerala HC seeks report on ‘halal-certified’ jaggery at Sabarimala temple

November 17, 2021 10:38 pm

S J R Kumar, general convener of the pro-BJP Sabarimala Action Committee, claimed that the temple administration was using 'spoiled' Halal-certified jaggery powder at Sabarimala.

Kerala Assembly elections: Faithfully yours, BJP tells voters at Sabarimala protest epicentre

April 06, 2021 8:24 am

Back in 2018, in the shadow of the Supreme Court’s order to allow women of all ages to enter the temple, Konni witnessed violent protests and arrest of hundreds.

In Kerala, Sabarimala temple entry issue back on the table

March 27, 2021 7:42 am

The Opposition hopes to use the issue to push the CPM, particularly popular Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, into a corner.

Congress promises law, penalty to overrule Sabarimala women entry

February 07, 2021 1:15 pm

The party released a draft of the proposed legislation even as the LDF government finds itself again in a bind over the issue.

Sabarimala temple to open today; fitness, Covid-negative certificates mandatory for pilgrims

October 16, 2020 3:21 pm

The state government and the Travancore Devaswom Board, that administers the shrine, has strengthened safety arrangements to manage pilgrim crowds at a time when Kerala is experiencing a major spike in infections.

Under pressure, Kerala decides to not open Sabarimala temple

June 12, 2020 1:32 am

There are around 3,000 temples in Kerala under the five devaswoms, which are temple affairs body controlled by the state government.

Ayyappa and the Court: SC needs CEO to streamline functioning, reduce burden on CJI

March 28, 2020 11:01 am

Where immediacy is pre-eminent so that fait accompli may not be created (as with the validity of the Kashmir notifications, the CAA and the electoral bonds), there have been no effective hearings at the interim stage. Thus, the status quo slowly cements itself.

SC to consider questions of law: May push the envelope on personal law reform, UCC

February 11, 2020 9:11 am

A ruling on Constitutional morality and the extent to which courts can review personal laws and religious rights furthers the legal discussion on the Uniform Civil Code.

Sabarimala reference to be heard daily: Questions of law can be sent to larger bench, says SC

February 11, 2020 6:22 am

It framed seven issues to be taken up by the court and fixed February 17 to start the hearing on day-to-day basis.


Hartal in Kerala, widepspread Violence Across State

June 22, 2020 6:06 pm

A day after two women entered Sabarimala, several pro-Hindutva outfits have called for a statewide shutdown. The outfit backed by RSS opposes the Supreme Court verdict that lifted the ban on women of all ages in the temple.

Two women enter Sabarimala temple

June 22, 2020 6:06 pm

Two women have entered the Sabarimala temple. Videos show them climbing up the hill and entering the sanctum.

Sabarimala gates opened for women but protesters deny them entry

June 22, 2020 6:13 pm

The gates of the Sabarimala temple were opened to women of all ages on Wednesday, but protesters blocked the devotees from entering the shrine and warned them of consequences.

What Indu Malhotra, the only judge who disagreed on the Sabarimala verdict, said

June 22, 2020 6:15 pm

Justice Indu Malhotra said that it is not for courts to determine which religious practices are to be struck down.