Sabarimala Temple opening: Woman devotee returned mid-way after facing protests

Sabarimala Opening Day 1

Sabarimala, Oct 17: Witnessing strong protests by Sabarimala traditionalists a 40-year-old Andhra woman, named Madhavi returned mid-way along with her relatives on Wednesday. 

Madhavi along with her parents and children started her Pamba climb on the Swami Ayyapan road leading to the hilltop temple hours ahead of its opening for the monthly puja rituals.

After a span of ten minutes into their trek, accompanied by a strong police force, the family had to abandon their plans of praying to the Lord Ayyappa inside the shrine premises accompanied by Madhavi, who is in the prohibited age group of 10-50.

The agitators had put every obstruction on her way, but Madhavi was able to break the barriers at Nilackal and Pamba accompanied by police as she trekked higher.

Police officers climbing along assured her that they would guard her if Madhavi wished to proceed and she could go forward.

However, protesters showed unrelenting behaviour. They went after her. Unable to bear the anger Madhavi decided to return mid-day from her journey to Sabarimala Temple.


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