As the Sabarimala temple opened up for one and all as per the Supreme Court verdict, the southern state of Kerala is tense, to say the least.
As the security has been stepped up on roads leading to the shrine even as devotees of Lord Ayyappa continued to vigilantly check vehicles for women between the age group of 10-50 at Nilakkal.
It need be mentioned that Nilakkal is the main gateway to Sabarimala shrine.
From yesterday itself, the women in the menstrual age group are being stopped by protestors including the women as well.
This despite the fact that one protest camp at Nilakkal (Nilackal) was demolished even as groups of women devotees continued to chant “Swamiya Saranam Ayyappa” hailing the Lord and vigilantly stopping and sending back those who reached Nilackal to visit the shrine in light of the SC decision.
The administration informed that so far 50 people have been taken into custody in Pathanamthitta district for protesting against the entry of women in age group 10 to 50 to Sabarimala temple.
Over 20 people including former Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan taken into custody in Nilakkal and Pamba for protesting against the entry of women in age group 10 to 50 to Sabarimala temple.
It is also now known that a woman journo too came under attack by devotees trying to block the way leading to Sabarimala.
A woman named Madhavi on her way to Sabarimala Temple returned mid-way along with her relatives after facing protests.>