Sabarimala Shut For ‘Purification’ After Two Women Entered To Pray
The sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala was shut for “purification rituals”, after two women entered the shrine, in the wee hours of Wednesday, 2 January.
Months after the Supreme Court verdict allowed women of all ages to enter the Ayyappa temple, two women of menstruating age are claimed to have entered the sanctum sanctorum and offered their prayers.
A top source in the Kerala police told The News Minute that Bindu and Kanaka Durga, managed to enter the temple before 4 am in the morning and were accompanied by police. They reportedly entered through the north entrance of the temple.
A video shows the two women dressed in black at the Sannidhanam.
Bindu (42) from Koyilandy and Kanaka Durga (44) reportedly from Angadipura in Malappuram district had earlier visited Sabarimala on 24 December. But they could not enter the temple amid protests.
Sanctum Sanctorum Shut at 10:30
The sanctum sanctorum was closed at 10:30 am as opposed to 1 pm, when it is usually shut, reported The News Minute.
While there is a pooja that is held at 12:40 pm usually, all priests have exited the sanctum sanctorum with the maelshanti (chief priest) going to the Thantri’s room, the report said.
(With inputs from The News Minute, ANI)