Kerala, Nov 5: Amid tight security, devotees of Lord Ayyappa thronged the Sabarimala Temple after its portals opened on Monday evening.
The temple, which opened today, will be closed after the ‘Athazha puja’ tomorrow evening.
Kerala: Devotees climb the sacred Pathinettam Padi to enter #SabarimalaTemple to offer prayers. The temple, which opened this evening, will be closed after the 'Athazha puja' tomorrow evening. pic.twitter.com/jfLfc0A6jt
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The Kerala Police installed mobile jammers near the shrine in a bid to prevent the tantri and other temple officials from interacting with the media and to dissuade live visuals.
The move came as the state police contingent deployed around 2,300 personnel for the security.
Earlier in a day, several devotees were seen protesting, raising slogans after the police stopped them for checking en route to Sabarimala.
The state government is taking all necessary precaution to prevent any incidents like the agitation it witnessed against the September 28 Supreme Court order allowing girls and women aged between 10 to 50 to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine.
From October 17 to 22, when the temple was open for the monthly puja after the apex court verdict, the temple tantri and officials said they would close the shrine if any female devotee from the banned age group tried to enter the sanctum sanctorum, as it was against the temple tradition.