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Almost 40 women try to enter Sabarimala amidst heavy protests

December 24, 2018

In spite of heavy protests, almost 40 women geared up to enter Sabarimala, abode of Lord Ayyappa. On Sunday morning, 11 women waited at the base camp at Pamba in order to enter the hill shrine. But they could not enter due to heavy protests. Reportedly, police asked the women to leave back but the women clearly stated that they will not leave until they get to reach the temple. Sabarimala was tense throughout Sunday with police and protesters surrounding the area.

Social media users criticised the women and Kerala government for supporting the entry of women into the temple.

Reports suggest few ladies from Andra and TN coming to Sabarimala. Their intentions r doubtful and are said to have Maoist connection. This is a bigger conspiracy !! #Sabarimala #SaveSabarimala-Jayakrishnan, Twitter user

Most of the women were from the Chennai based Manithi outfit. Others were from different parts of India including Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Kerala. Currently, Sabarimala is hosting the Mandala Kalam, which is the most auspicious time at the hill shrine.

"If Hindus sleep comfortably tonight, your destiny will be to merely sleep for the rest of your and the coming generation's lives.. @vijayanpinarayi is helping a group of atheists mao naxal women to Sabarimala under tight police escort. #SaveSabarimala", tweeted Jayasree Nair.

From past few decades, women of menstruating age were banned from entering Sabarimala, which is abode of Lord Ayyappa who is believed to be celibate. On September 28, the Supreme Court of India ordered that women of menstruating age can enter Sabarimala. After the Supreme Court order, many devotees and political parties came out to protest. A few women who tried to enter the temple were harassed by angry mob.

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