Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12: There’s a sense of hysteria in and round Sabarimala because the Lord Ayyappa shrine is all set to reopen on Tuesday for per thirty days worship, after witnessing frenzied protests all over the lately concluded annual pilgrim season over the access of younger girls.
The hilltop temple could be opened for 5 days until February 17 for the per thirty days pujas all over the Malayalam month of Kumbam, temple government stated Monday.
A number of particular rituals together with ‘kalabhabhishekam’, ‘sahasrakalasam’ and ‘laksharchana’ could be carried out all over the 5 days on the shrine, the ‘sanctum sanctorum’ of which might be thrown open by way of leader priest Vasudevan Nampoothiri Tuesday night.
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Tantri (head priest) Kandararu Rajeevaru would even be provide all over the time of pujas, they stated.
Because the shrine is ready to open, state police has stepped up vigil in and round Sabarimala in view of conceivable protests by way of Sangh outfits in opposition to the access of ladies, belonging to the historically barred age team.
The police stated sure restrictions had already been imposed in spaces from Nilackal, the bottom camp to Sannidhanam (temple advanced) to make sure easy darshan for devotees.
“Bearing in mind the untoward incidents brought about by way of quite a lot of organisations in spaces round Sabarimala when the shrine used to be opened for the Thulamasa puja and the protests over the Splendid Court docket order permitting access of ladies of every age into the shrine, sure restrictions were imposed in spaces to make sure easy darshan for devotees,” an legitimate unencumber stated.
Devotees and journalists could be allowed to trip from Nilackal to Pamba and Sannidhanam most effective after 10 am on February 12, it stated.
The BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits, which had spearheaded the agitations in opposition to implementation of the September 28 Splendid Court docket verdict allowing girls of all age teams into the shrine, are but to show whether or not they would attempt to block younger girls.
The spaces in and across the hilltop shrine had witnessed fashionable violence after the CPI(M)-led LDF govt determined to put in force the apex courtroom order permitting girls of menstrual age into the temple.
Marking the end result of the over two-month-long stormy annual pilgrimage season, the Lord Ayyappa temple used to be closed on January 20.
Historically, girls of menstruating age or within the age team of 10 to 50 years weren’t allowed to go into the temple because the deity, Lord Ayyappa, is thought to be within the type of “Naishtika brahmachari” (perennial celibate).