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    Sabarimala – Anti social elements throw meat and animal carcasses on the road to desecrate the sacred ‘Thiruvabharanam’ procession

    Anti social elements threw meat and animal carcasses on the path of the procession carrying ‘Thiruvabharanam’, the sacred jewellery to be adorned on the idol of Bhagawan Ayyappa Swami of Sabarimala temple during Makar Sankranti -Makaravilakku ceremony. In a bid to defile the sacred procession, anti-social elements dumped meat and animal carcasses on the traditional route of the procession, Mandiram -Vadaser ...

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    Kerala – Forest Department Terms Sabarimala Chants as ‘Noise Pollution’

    Lists Out Ecological Hazards Of Pilgrimage The Kerala Forest Department in its ecotourism development report to the Centre has termed Sabarimala pilgrim chants as ‘noise pollution’ and listed out the environmental ‘hazards’ caused by the pilgrimage. The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the holy Hindu shrine, has taken strong exception of the report, with its president A Padmakumar terming the statem ...

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    Church erects Crosses and encroaches ‘Sacred Forests of Lord Ayyappa’

    The church with the alleged connivance of the state government is encroaching the ‘sacred forests’ associated with the Sabarimala temple, known as ‘Poonkavanam’ in Kerala. The Malayalam newspaper Janmabhumi reported that massive encroachment of forestland is taking place at Panchalimedu, a part of Sabarimala forests in Idukki district. The entire region has been designated as an ecologically fragile under t ...

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    Scared of public anger, Sabarimala board chief, members skip temple event

    Scared of public anger over its U-turn on its Sabarimala stand in the Supreme Court, Travancore Dewaswom Bord (TDB) president and members gave a miss to the flag hoisting ceremony and inauguration of the cultural meeting in connection with the festival of Ettumanoor Shiva temple, the second most important temple under the Board. President A Padmakumar, member KP Sankaradas and another member V Vijayakumar d ...

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    TDB Takes U-Turn in SC, Backs Violation of Sabarimala Traditions

    Both Pinarayi regime and the "Pinarayi-controlled" Thiruvithamkoor Devaswom Board (TDB) betrayed Hindus when the apex court of the country heard the arguments in connection with the review petitions filed with respect to the September 28, 2018 verdict. They betrayed the Hindus by submitting before the court their stand against the revision petitions filed by various Hindu organisations, despite strong agita ...

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    Sabarimala Row – SC Reserves Judgement Over Review Petitions

    The Supreme Court has reserved the judgement in a batch of review petitions filed against the 28 September verdict that removed the centuries-old tradition of restriction of women belonging to the age group of 10 and 51 from entering Sabarimala. The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi included Justices Khanwilkar, Justice Nariman, Justice Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra. Senior Advocates K Para ...

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    Only A Hindu Can Be Made Devaswom Commissioner, Rules Kerala High Court

    The Kerala High Court has mandated that the Commissioner of the Travancore and Cochin Devaswom Boards will always be a Hindu. The directive was issued by a bench of Justices PR Ramachandra Menon and Devan Ramachandran, while disposing of a batch of petitions challenging the amendments to the Travancore-Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act 1950 (TCHRI Act), which enabled the appointment of a non-Hindu as ...

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    Under pressure from CM, Devaswom Board for young women’s entry in Sabarimala

    Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is all set to permit young women to Sabarimala two days a month. TDB will convey this decision to the Devaswom Bench of the high court through its lawyers. And, TDB will inform the court that the huge police deployment in the Sabarimala premises, banning the devotees from entering the valiynadapandal, etc. are all at its behest. In fact, the “two day proposal” was first moote ...

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    100 devotees including children arrested for chanting prayers in Sabarimala

    The Kerala Police on Saturday arrested about 100 devotees for chanting prayers in the Sabarimala temple. Those arrested included children. Police personnel outnumbered devotees in the temple, as huge restrictions are a major put off for them. Usually by this time, about a crore devotees would have visited Sabarimala but this time the turnout was less then 5 lakhs. The Kerala High Court has also sought detai ...

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    Cases registered against 100 for chanting sarana mantra

    Despite the intervention of Kerala High Court and its clear cut directive not to put devotees in trouble, the police continue to harass devotees in Sabarimala. The court had observed that CrPC 144 was not at all necessary in Sabarimala. Yet on the police has registered cases against 100 identifiable devotees in Sabarimala for chanting sarana mantra. Cases were slapped against some children who led the bhaja ...

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