Sabarimala, November 3
With the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala set to open for month-to-month poojas on November 5, the police are on excessive alert and tight safety preparations are in place within the backdrop of violent protests over entry of girls of menstrual age final month.
In response to a Kerala police launch, 1,500 personnel, 100 of them ladies, are maintaining vigil at Sabarimala and close by areas.
A 20-member commando crew has been deployed at Sannidhanam, Nilackal and Pamba, the discharge stated.
In the meantime, the BJP’s state unit stated its president P S Sreedharan Pillai has obtained a demise menace.
Tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru and chief priest Unnikrishnan Namboodiri will open the temple doorways and lightweight the lamp on the ‘Sreekovil’ (sanctum sanctorum) on November 5 at 5 pm.
Moreover the standard poojas, “Sree Chitira Atta Thirunal” particular pooja, shall be held on November 6 and the shrine shall be closed at 10 pm.
Prohibitory order below part 144 CrPc banning meeting of 4 or extra folks will come into pressure at Pamba, Nilackal, Elavungal, and Sannidhanam from midnight Saturday until November 6 midnight.
Barricades have been erected at many locations en path to Nilackal and police personnel are permitting automobiles solely after checking.
The temple advanced and close by areas had witnessed violent protests by Ayyappa devotees towards the entry of younger ladies when it was opened for final month’s poojas from October 17-22.
At the least 12 ladies had made a useless try to trek the hills quickly after the Supreme Courtroom verdict allowing ladies within the 10-50 age group to supply prayers on the shrine.
They needed to retreat following the protests and demonstrations by devotees.
Complete visitors preparations have been made by police in Pathnamthitta district the place the shrine is situated.
Personal automobiles carrying pilgrims can be allowed to proceed solely as much as Nilackal, a base camp, police stated.
Kerala Police have launched on-line reserving for pilgrims, which might allow them to conveniently select the day and time of darshan.
In response to officers, Kerala State Highway Transport Company tickets are obligatory for all pilgrims, whoreach Nilackal, besides those that go by foot. The devotees can avail the ticket reserving facility and select the darshan time additionally.
The KSRTC has additionally made preparations for the pilgrims who attain for darshan on foot, to avail on-line tickets from Pamba on the foothills.
In the meantime, the state authorities stated it was ready to carry talks with the Nair Service Society (NSS), an outfit of the influential Nair neighborhood that opposes the entry of younger ladies into the hill shrine.
“The federal government is ready to clear misunderstandings with NSS and has an open thoughts for talks with the outfit,” Devaswom (temple administration) minister Kadakkampally Surendran instructed reporters.
The assault towards the NSS workplace right here Friday was “well-planned,” he stated.
BJP chief Ok Surendran alleged that authorities had some “hidden agenda” on Sabarimala temple.
He stated the occasion’s state president, P S Sreedharan Pillai, has obtained a “demise menace” Saturday by pace put up and the DGP has been knowledgeable.
BJP and numerous Hindu outfits are on the warpath towards the left authorities over its choice to implement the Supreme Courtroom verdict permitting ladies of menstrual age to enter the shrine. PTI