Sabari­mala: 550 young women ap­ply for en­try

Ker­ala po­lice open an on­line por­tal to man­age crowd

The Hindu Business Line - - POLITICS -

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.sabari­, 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.

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