Follow Us:
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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.


Sabarimala temple hearing Highlights: CJI suggests meeting between opposing sides, grants parties 3-week time to file suggestions

January 14, 2020 9:55 am

Sabarimala Temple Issue in Supreme Court Today Highlights: The top court on January 6 had notified that the petition by Indian Young Lawyers Association, seeking review of its 2018 Sabarimala judgment, had been listed.

SC verdict allowing entry of women to Sabarimala not 'final word': CJI Bobde

December 05, 2019 4:49 pm

The remark by the SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, came when senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for a woman devotee, Bindu Ammini, alleged violation of the 2018 apex court verdict.

SC to hear next week plea of woman who was stopped from entering Sabarimala temple

December 04, 2019 12:32 pm

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant took note of the submission of senior advocate Colin Gonsalves that the woman had not been allowed to visit the historical shrine.

Sabarimala temple opens for second day amid tight security

November 17, 2019 11:27 am

Ten women of menstruating age were stopped from visiting the shrine Saturday, two days after the Supreme Court referred review petitions on the entry of women of all ages in Sabarimala to a large bench. 

Kerala govt’s flip-flop on Sabarimala: Won’t take young women to shrine

November 16, 2019 7:14 am

The latest stand is in stark contrast to the CPM-led government’s position last year when the Supreme Court had lifted the traditional bar on women of menstruating age from entering the temple.

Sabarimala: Justices Chandrachud, Nariman dissent, call for compliance of previous verdict

November 14, 2019 3:28 pm

Justices D Y Chandrachud and Rohinton Nariman wrote the dissenting verdict and said not following the 2018 SC order is not an option.

Hearing plea on women in mosques only because of Sabarimala: SC

April 17, 2019 7:31 am

The bench of Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer did not seem very convinced by the submission of the petitioners who also cited the Supreme Court order in the Sabarimala case.

Anxiety looms as Sabarimala temple reopens today

February 12, 2019 10:18 am

As the shrine is set to open, state police has stepped up vigil in and around Sabarimala in view of possible protests by Sangh outfits against the entry of women, belonging to the traditionally barred age group.

Faith and gender justice

February 08, 2019 3:00 am

Court has upheld equality. Muslim Personal Law Board and devotees of Ayyappa must initiate internal reform.

Congress, BJP flay Kerala govt for opposing pleas seeking review of SC Sabarimala verdict

February 07, 2019 2:48 am

Former CM and senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy said the government’s stand has “shocked” believers, and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will have to pay a heavy price for this.


Hartal in Kerala, widepspread Violence Across State

January 03, 2019 5:55 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

January 02, 2019 10:25 am

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

October 18, 2018 3:35 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

September 28, 2018 1:35 pm

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