Sabarimala temple opens Monday, pilgrims protest


As the Lord Ayyappa temple is all set to open on Monday (5) evening for a monthly puja, a thick security cover is in place in and around Sabarimala, which had witnessed protests last month after the supreme court permitted women of menstrual age group to offer prayers at the shrine. Devotees, who arrived at Erumeli since Sunday (4) evening, protested this morning against being allowed to leave for Pamba and Sannidhanam. They blocked traffic chanting ‘Ayyappa Sarnam’. “We have been waiting since last evening. We were told that we would be allowed to leave at 6 am. Now, they…

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