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 News

Sabarimala temple opens for second day amid tight security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sabarimala highlights: Supreme Court reserves order on whether to admit review petitions

Sabarimala review petitions highlights: At least four dozen review petitions were filed before the Supreme Court. The top court's landmark verdict on September 28 last year triggered a wave of protests across Kerala.

Kerala: Two young women had darshan at Sabarimala after Supreme Court order, says minister

Last month, the state government had prepared a list to be submitted in the Supreme Court, which claimed that 51 women below the age of 50 had visited the temple during the recent pilgrimage season, the first after the Supreme Court lifted the age bar on entry of women.

Apologise to return, say kin of woman who visited Sabarimala

Kanakadurga, who is at state-owned relief home at Perinthalmanna town, said she will move a petition in a local court seeking direction to allow her

Sabarimala temple Videos

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.


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.