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.

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Changes required, but not by forgetting temples: Spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi

Mata Amritanandamayi was inaugurating Ayyappa Bhakta Sangamam, held under the aegis of Sabarimala Action Council, an umbrella outfit of Hindu organisations protesting the entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala.

Kerala govt to SC: 51 women under 50 entered Sabarimala

Sabarimala: 51 women entered temple HIGHLIGHTS: The Supreme Court Friday directed the Kerala government to provide security to two of the women who entered the Sabarimala temple.

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SC directs Kerala govt to provide security to women who entered Sabarimala

Appearing for the two women — A Bindu and Kanakadurga — senior advocate Indira Jaising had mentioned the petition before a bench of Chief Ranjan Gogoi and Justices L Nageswara Rao and S K Kaul on Thursday.

SC to hear plea today seeking protection to women who entered Sabarimala shrine

The counsel said that the women were facing a threat to their lives and one of them was in a hospital, referring to Kanakadurga who was allegedly assaulted by her mother-in-law when she returned after entering the temple.

Entered Sabarimala temple without police escort or facing protests, says Dalit woman

Manju, who had made two aborted attempts to visit the temple since the court’s order, stated that she had “darshan” on Tuesday morning after climbing the 18 sacred steps.

Kerala: Police raids RSS office, seizes weapons

The raid was conducted following a tip-off that Praveen had sought asylum at the RSS office after the attack on the police station. The police also seized daggers and knives during the raid.

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FB collective claims 36-year-old Dalit activist offered prayers at Sabarimala temple

Manju, who's the state president of Kerala Dalit Mahila Federation, had attempted to climb the hill in October last year and had managed to reach Pamba, the base camp.

After Sabarimala: Kerala women set to conquer male-only Agasthyakoodam peak

The judgment came on a petition in High Court by two women’s organizations: the Malappuram-based Women Integration and Growth through Sports, and the Kozhikode-based Anweshi.

Sri Lankan woman tries to enter Sabarimala, sent back by police

Earlier Wednesday two women - Bindu and Kanakdurga - made their way into the temple with the help of police. A video of the two women, in their early 40s, entering the shrine went viral on WhatsApp.

Sabarimala row: Sonia Gandhi stops black band protest by Congress MPs

Women’s entry to the hill shrine sparked violent protests in Kerala for the second consecutive day with Hindu organisations backed by the BJP and RSS targeting shops, vehicles and public property.

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Hartal in Kerala, widepspread Violence Across State

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

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

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Sabarimala gates opened for women but protesters deny them entry

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

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

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