Sabarimala temple opens on second day of annual Mandala Pooja; Devotees arrive at Lord Ayyappa temple for two-month-long pilgrimage season [Photos]

The Supreme Court on 14 November said that the restrictions on women in religious places was not limited to Sabarimala alone and was prevalent in other religions as well as it referred all review pleas to a larger seven-judge bench

FP Staff November 17, 2019 14:41:38 IST
Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala which opened on the second day of the annual Mandala Pooja on Sunday, days after the Supreme Court deferred a verdict on a petition seeking review of its judgment allowing the entry of women between the age of 10 to 50 years into the shrine, referring the case to a larger seven-member bench. PTI
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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala which opened on the second day of the annual Mandala Pooja on Sunday, days after the Supreme Court deferred a verdict on a petition seeking review of its judgment allowing the entry of women between the age of 10 to 50 years into the shrine, referring the case to a larger seven-member bench. PTI
The temple's priests opened the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala for the two-month-long pilgrimage season. ANI
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The temple's priests opened the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala for the two-month-long pilgrimage season. ANI
Earlier, police had sent back 10 women aged anywhere between 10 to 50 from Pamba, reported <em>ANI</em>. The women had come from Andhra Pradesh to offer their prayers, even as confusion over the Supreme Court verdict on allowing entry to women of menstruating ages continued. PTI
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Earlier, police had sent back 10 women aged anywhere between 10 to 50 from Pamba, reported <em>ANI</em>. The women had come from Andhra Pradesh to offer their prayers, even as confusion over the Supreme Court verdict on allowing entry to women of menstruating ages continued. PTI
Activist Trupti Desai said, “The government said that they won't provide security to women, so women are going to Sabarimala Temple without protection. Now, women are being stopped, so I think the government is working completely against women”. ANI
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Activist Trupti Desai said, “The government said that they won't provide security to women, so women are going to Sabarimala Temple without protection. Now, women are being stopped, so I think the government is working completely against women”. ANI
The temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala, is situated on a hilltop about 4000 feet above sea level – Sabarimala. The devotees have to trek through difficult paths in the forest as the vehicles can go only up to pamba. PTI
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The temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala, is situated on a hilltop about 4000 feet above sea level – Sabarimala. The devotees have to trek through difficult paths in the forest as the vehicles can go only up to pamba. PTI