Sabarimala: 550 young women apply for entry
Kerala police open an online portal to manage crowd
At least 550 young women have sought entry into the Sabarimala shrine by applying on a portal set up by the Kerala police.
Theyare seeking entry into the shrine when it opens for the annual MandalapujaMakaravilakku festival later this month.
By a September 27 order, the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages access to the shrine.
The police said 3.5 lakh people have applied for Lord Ayyappa’s darshan on the portal, www.sabarimalaq.com, as on Friday.
The portal was set up to better manage the crowd expected at the temple, which will be open from November 16 to December 27.
Pilgrims can book timeslots for darshan on this portal, which also allows them to reserve places on buses to travel from Nilakkal to Pamba.
The temple had witnessed massive protests from October 17-22, after it opened for the first time post the apex court ruling. Emotions ran high on November 5-6 when the temple opened briefly for the Chithira Aatta Visesham. The police had a tough time controlling activists who resisted entry of women from the restricted age group.