Sabarimala shrine set for showdown: Temple authorities say they won't break with tradition

Thiruvananthapuram: In the backdrop of woman activist Trupti Desai's plan to enter the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayappa at Sabariamala later this month, the Travancore Devaswom Board said it would not break with tradition and customs by allowing women between the ages of 10-50 into the shrine.

Bhumata Brigade founder Trupti Desai. PTI

Bhumata Brigade founder Trupti Desai. PTI

"Nobody will be allowed to break the custom and tradition of the temple," said Prayar Gopalakrishnan, chairman of the Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the hill shrine.

He was replying to a question on woman activist Trupti Desai's plans to enter Sabarimala with a group of about 100 women as part of their campaign to enable women of all age groups have darshan at the shrine.

There are restrictions in the entry of women between the ages of 10-50 in the temple. Gopalakrishnan also said he fully agreed with Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran's statement that Trupti Desai would not be allowed to enter the temple.

Sabarimala is one of the most visited holy sites in the world, with an estimated 50-60 million devotees from all over the country undertaking the pilgrimage between 16 November and 14 January. Even this year, despite the hardships caused by the government's demonetisation drive, there hasn't been a dip in the arrival of pilgrims and offerings.

Published Date: Jan 06, 2017 17:56 PM | Updated Date: Jan 06, 2017 17:56 PM

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