Sabarimala Temple

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Coronavirus: Kerala in shutdown mode, health-emergency declared in four districts

11 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Kerala in shutdown mode, health-emergency declared in four districts

With 14 people testing positive for coronavirus in Kerala, the state government has declared a health emergency in four districts and imposed several restrictions.

Discrimination against women: SC will complete hearings in 10 days

28 Jan 2020

Discrimination against women: SC will complete hearings in 10 days

A nine-judge constitutional bench, that was formed to hear pleas on religious discrimination faced by women, will not hear the matter for more than ten days, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde announced on Tuesday.

Amid row over women's entry, Sabarimala opens for pilgrimage season

16 Nov 2019

Amid row over women's entry, Sabarimala opens for pilgrimage season

The gates of the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala opened on Saturday for the two-month-long Mandala-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season.

Sabarimala Temple opens today: Government says no place for activism

16 Nov 2019

Sabarimala Temple opens today: Government says no place for activism

The centuries-old Sabarimala Temple has become a hotbed for politics, and as its gates open today for the 41-day annual pilgrimage season, Kerala government has given a clear message- the shrine isn't a place for activism.

Supreme Court refers Sabarimala issue to larger bench

14 Nov 2019

Supreme Court refers Sabarimala issue to larger bench

On Thursday, the Supreme Court announced its verdict on pleas challenging the 2018 order concerning Sabarimala Temple of Kerala.

SC will pronounce verdict on Sabarimala, Rafale review pleas tomorrow

13 Nov 2019

SC will pronounce verdict on Sabarimala, Rafale review pleas tomorrow

In his last working days as the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi is hoping to end long-drawn and important legal battles.

#SabarimalaEffect: Muslim couple moves SC seeking women's entry into mosques

15 Apr 2019

#SabarimalaEffect: Muslim couple moves SC seeking women's entry into mosques

Seeking the Supreme Court's directive to allow women to enter mosques and offer prayers, a Muslim couple has moved the top court. The case has been listed for hearing on Tuesday.

Kerala Police want Section 144 imposed as Sabarimala Temple opens

12 Feb 2019

Kerala Police want Section 144 imposed as Sabarimala Temple opens

With the Sabarimala Temple slated to open for five-day monthly pujas on Tuesday, certain fringe groups have reiterated their plans to block women of menstrual age from entering the temple.

Woman who entered Sabarimala returns home; her family moves out

06 Feb 2019

Woman who entered Sabarimala returns home; her family moves out

Two weeks after she was allegedly assaulted by her mother-in-law for entering the Sabarimala temple, Kanaka Durga returned to her home in Angadipuram on Tuesday following a court order in her favor.

Sabarimala hearing: SC reserves verdict; temple board supports women's entry

06 Feb 2019

Sabarimala hearing: SC reserves verdict; temple board supports women's entry

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, began hearing a clutch of petitions seeking a review of its September 28 verdict that allowed the entry of women of menstrual age to the Sabarimala temple.

Malayalam actor Kollam Thulasi surrenders for making anti-women provocative remark

05 Feb 2019

Malayalam actor Kollam Thulasi surrenders for making anti-women provocative remark

Malayalam Actor Kollam Thulasi, who courted controversy over his anti-women provocative remark during the Sabarimala protest, surrendered before police today in Chavara, Kollam district.

Supreme Court to hear Sabarimala review petitions from February 6

31 Jan 2019

Supreme Court to hear Sabarimala review petitions from February 6

On Thursday, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear the review petitions against its earlier verdict pertaining to women's entry to the Sabarimala temple on February 6.

Kanakadurga, woman who entered #SabarimalaTemple, disowned, thrown out by family

22 Jan 2019

Kanakadurga, woman who entered #SabarimalaTemple, disowned, thrown out by family

Kanakadurga, one of the first two women of menstrual age to enter Kerala's Sabarimala Ayyappa temple, was sent to a government-run shelter home after she was disowned and thrown out by her family.

PM Modi in Kerala: LDF govt's stance on Sabarimala 'shameful'

15 Jan 2019

PM Modi in Kerala: LDF govt's stance on Sabarimala 'shameful'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hit out at the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala over the Sabarimala issue, calling the LDF's stand "shameful".

Woman who entered Sabarimala disowned, attacked by family; hospitalized

15 Jan 2019

Woman who entered Sabarimala disowned, attacked by family; hospitalized

Kanaka Durga, one of the two women who scripted history by becoming the first women of menstrual age to enter the Sabarimala temple in centuries, has been hospitalized after she was allegedly attacked by her mother-in-law.

Sabarimala: After dyeing hair grey, 36-year-old enters shrine, offers prayers

10 Jan 2019

Sabarimala: After dyeing hair grey, 36-year-old enters shrine, offers prayers

A 36-year-old woman has claimed she entered the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala and offered prayers to Lord Ayyappa.

#Sabarimala: Bombs hurled at houses of Left leaders in Kerala

05 Jan 2019

#Sabarimala: Bombs hurled at houses of Left leaders in Kerala

Violence erupted over the Sabarimala issue across Kerala yesterday night with bombs hurled at the house of Thalassery MLA and CPI(M) leader A N Shamseer among other places.

Battleground Sabarimala: Over 1,800 arrested; bombs hurled; violence continues

05 Jan 2019

Battleground Sabarimala: Over 1,800 arrested; bombs hurled; violence continues

Kerala is still in the grips of violent protests after two women in their 40s entered the 800-year-old Sabarimala temple, and reportedly, over 1,800 arrests have taken place since the women's entry.

Women, who entered Sabarimala, were dressed as transgenders: Meenakshi Lekhi

04 Jan 2019

Women, who entered Sabarimala, were dressed as transgenders: Meenakshi Lekhi

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi came down heavily on Kerala government, led by Pinarayi Vijayan, on Friday after two women entered the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa.

'Not afraid of BJP': Woman-journo assaulted during #SanghParivar #SabarimalaWomenEntry protest

04 Jan 2019

'Not afraid of BJP': Woman-journo assaulted during #SanghParivar #SabarimalaWomenEntry protest

A woman journalist in Thiruvananthapuram was allegedly attacked while covering a Sangh Parivar protest organized after two women, below 50, entered the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple on Wednesday.

#SabarimalaRow: Temple reopened after purification; BJP calls for hartal

02 Jan 2019

#SabarimalaRow: Temple reopened after purification; BJP calls for hartal

After a shutdown that lasted a bit over an hour, the Sabarimala temple has been reopened for devotees to visit.

#Sabarimala: Women form human-chain in Mumbai to support 'Women's Wall'

02 Jan 2019

#Sabarimala: Women form human-chain in Mumbai to support 'Women's Wall'

Over 1,000 women formed a human chain in Mumbai to express solidarity with the 'Women's Wall' formed in Kerala as part of an initiative to uphold gender equality amid the row over the entry of females of certain ages in the Sabarimala temple.

Two women, under 50, enter Sabarimala; temple shut for 'purification'

02 Jan 2019

Two women, under 50, enter Sabarimala; temple shut for 'purification'

On Wednesday, Sabarimala Temple was shut down at 10:30 AM and will be opened an hour later, after 'purification' rituals as two women devotees entered it around 3:45 AM.

#SabarimalaStandoff: Two women of menstrual age stopped 1km from shrine

24 Dec 2018

#SabarimalaStandoff: Two women of menstrual age stopped 1km from shrine

A day after 11 women of menstrual age from a women's rights group were barred from making the climb to the Sabarimala temple, two more women had to turn back after violent protests from Ayyappa devotees.

#SabarimalaStandoff: Despite police deployment, women couldn't enter Ayyappa shrine

23 Dec 2018

#SabarimalaStandoff: Despite police deployment, women couldn't enter Ayyappa shrine

In yet another failed attempt, 11 women who were on their way to Sabarimala Temple in Kerala returned without paying respects to Lord Ayyappa.

Tension prevails in Pamba as 11 women attempt to trek

23 Dec 2018

Tension prevails in Pamba as 11 women attempt to trek

Tension prevailed at Pamba, the foothills of the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Kerala, this morning as a group of 11 women, below the age of 50 years, tried to trek the hilltop shrine, even as devotees protested against the move.

12 women headed to Sabarimala: Will they make history?

22 Dec 2018

12 women headed to Sabarimala: Will they make history?

Since the Supreme Court, on September 28, struck down the ban on the entry of women aged 10-50 years to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, not a single woman of the age group has been able to enter the temple.

Sabarimala: Four transgender persons denied entry, allegedly abused by cops

16 Dec 2018

Sabarimala: Four transgender persons denied entry, allegedly abused by cops

In the wee hours of Sunday, four transgender persons trying to gain entry to the Sabarimala temple were blocked by the Kerala police.

#SabarimalaRow: Kerala announces million women's Great Wall, BJP plans response

02 Dec 2018

#SabarimalaRow: Kerala announces million women's Great Wall, BJP plans response

With the Kerala government planning to make a 600km 'women wall' comprised of a 'million' women to reiterate its stand on the Sabarimala issue, a four-man team handpicked by BJP chief Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala today to plan the saffron party's response.

#SabarimalaRow: BSNL suspends activist Rehana Fathima after arrest

28 Nov 2018

#SabarimalaRow: BSNL suspends activist Rehana Fathima after arrest

On Tuesday, BSNL suspended activist-model Rehana Fathima after she was arrested for hurting sentiments of the followers of Lord Ayyappa through a Facebook post.

BJP calls bandh in Puducherry over Sabarimala issue, damages buses

27 Nov 2018

BJP calls bandh in Puducherry over Sabarimala issue, damages buses

At least 10 interstate government buses were pelted with stones during the day-long bandh in Puducherry called by BJP yesterday to protest against the 'deliberate attempt' of the Kerala government to 'damage' the sanctity of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

#SabarimalaRow: Union Minister demands private vehicles be allowed till Pamba

21 Nov 2018

#SabarimalaRow: Union Minister demands private vehicles be allowed till Pamba

Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who was on his way to the Sabarimala Temple, today engaged in a brief war of words with the police in Nilackal (Kerala) over restrictions on private vehicles heading to Pamba, the last entry point to the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

Fresh protests in Sabarimala, 28 devotees taken into preventive custody

19 Nov 2018

Fresh protests in Sabarimala, 28 devotees taken into preventive custody

28 people were taken into preventive custody at the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala late yesterday night after fresh protests broke out at Nadapanthal area in Sannidhanam, where hundreds of devotees agitated against the police restrictions.

#SabarimalaRow: Many detained by police, BJP, RSS protest outside CM-house

19 Nov 2018

#SabarimalaRow: Many detained by police, BJP, RSS protest outside CM-house

Late on Sunday night, nearly 70 people were detained from the Sabarimala temple in Kerala triggering protests all over the state including the house of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Kerala government destroying Ayyappa Temple's uniqueness: State BJP Chief Pillai

18 Nov 2018

Kerala government destroying Ayyappa Temple's uniqueness: State BJP Chief Pillai

Spearheading a campaign against the Kerala government over the Sabarimala issue, state BJP chief PS Sreedharan Pillai alleged the CPI(M)-led dispensation was making the Lord Ayyappa shrine "a center of dispute to destroy its uniqueness."

#SabarimalaRow: Hindu-groups call for hartal as temple opens for 2-months

17 Nov 2018

#SabarimalaRow: Hindu-groups call for hartal as temple opens for 2-months

Sabarimala Karma Samiti, an umbrella organization for outfits of Hindu groups opposing the Supreme Court order, has called a state-wide shutdown in Kerala after Hindu Aikya Vedi state President, KP Sasikala was detained on Saturday morning.

#SabarimalaRow: Trupti Desai stopped by protesters, eats breakfast inside Kochi-airport

16 Nov 2018

#SabarimalaRow: Trupti Desai stopped by protesters, eats breakfast inside Kochi-airport

Pune-based activist Trupti Desai faced angry protesters on reaching Kochi Airport in Kerala early Friday morning.

#SabarimalaRow: Opposition walks out of all-party meet over Kerala-govt's stance

15 Nov 2018

#SabarimalaRow: Opposition walks out of all-party meet over Kerala-govt's stance

Ahead of the Sabarimala temple's opening on Friday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an all-party meeting on Thursday, but that did not go well.

#SabarimalaRow: SC admits review petitions, hearing on Jan 22

13 Nov 2018

#SabarimalaRow: SC admits review petitions, hearing on Jan 22

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court began hearing a batch of petitions challenging its September 28 verdict that quashed a ban on the entry of women aged 10-50 years to the 800-year-old Sabarimala temple.

550 women have registered for Sabarimala darshan ahead of reopening

10 Nov 2018

550 women have registered for Sabarimala darshan ahead of reopening

The Sabarimala temple is slated to open its doors to devotees next week for the two-month-long 'mandalam-makaravilakku' pilgrimage season.