Sabarimala, Dec 24: Two women devotees from the hitherto banned group stopped by the protestors barely one kilometre from the Lord Ayyappa temple on Monday.
The incident took place a day after 11 women from Tamil Nadu failed to offer prayers due to steep protests.
Tension broke out early on Monday, when police accompanying the two women clashed with angry pilgrims after they obstructed their way.
#Visuals Two women devotees are being brought back to Pampa base camp following protests. They were stopped by protesters at Appachimedu, two kilometres away from #SabarimalaTemple. #Kerala pic.twitter.com/PQEu94C2Ay
— ANI (@ANI) December 24, 2018
The police had to resort to lathi-charge and shield Bindu from Malappuram and Kanaka Durga from Kannur as angry Ayyappa devotees chanted slogans and approached them menacingly.
Speaking to the media, Bindu, an advocate, said Sabarimala tantris are not above the Supreme Court.
“I want to pray at the temple and I don’t think the law of tantri is above the law of the land,” said Bindu.
The temple town has witnessed stong protests by Hindu groups since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the Lord Ayyappa Shrine.
Ever since the verdict, around three dozen women belonging to the banned age group (10 -50) have tried and failed to go up the pathway leading to the temple, following the protest.