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  • 12:18 PM IST

    Sabarimala Live News: As the commotion reached its pitch, Kanaka Durga fainted and the police were forced to take her back on a stretcher, even as Bindhu rooted herself to the ground refusing to be intimidated by a surging group of menacing Ayyappa men.

  • 12:17 PM IST

    Sabarimala Live News: Bindu from Malappuram and Kanaka Durga from Kannur, both from the hitherto banned age group, were stopped at 8 a.m., barely 1000 metres away from the shrine as even a 100-policemen contingent could not pass through a massive wall of Ayyappa chanters.

  • 11:33 AM IST

    Sabarimala Live News: Around two dozen other women have already tried and failed to go up the pathway leading to the temple even after the top court’s verdict on September 28 allowing women of all ages to enter the temple.

  • 11:32 AM IST

  • 11:32 AM IST

    Sabarimala Live News: Women, in the age group of 10-50 years, are traditionally barred from entering the Sabarimala temple. But the Supreme Court, through its September 28 landmark verdict, lifted the curb and permitted women of all age groups to offer prayers at the temple.

  • 11:31 AM IST

    Sabarimala Live News: Kerala had witnessed massive protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women in the 10-50 age group into the Sabarimala temple since the state government decided to implement the Supreme Court order.

  • 11:30 AM IST

    Sabarimala Live News: Lord Ayyappa devotees held protest in Perinthalmanna, Malappuram, outside the residence of Bindu, a woman devotee who began the trek to Sabarimala Temple today morning. She is being brought back to Pampa base camp now following protests against her entry to the temple.

New Delhi: Two women devotees, who were on their way to Sabarimala, is being brought back to Pampa base camp amid ongoing protest. Earlier it was reported that they had been stopped by protesters at Appachimedu, two kilometres away from the hilltop shrine.

News agency ANI reported that Lord Ayyappa devotees are holding the protest in Perinthalmanna, Malappuram, outside the residence of Bindu, a woman devotee who began the trek to Sabarimala Temple today morning.

Earlier on Sunday, tension gripped the area after a group of 11 women made an unsuccessful attempt to trek hilltop shrine. The women were forced to leave as hundreds of devotees blocked paths and chased women. Police took two dozen protesters into custody

However, this is not first any women are making attempt to trek. Around two dozen other women have already tried and failed to go up the pathway leading to the temple even after the top court’s verdict on September 28 allowing women of all ages to enter the temple. (Also Read: Sabarimala Row: Kerala Govt Files Affidavit in HC, Says Police Not Involved in Provocation of Violence)

The first phase of the 41-day long annual pilgrim season at the Lord Ayyappa temple would culminate on December 27 with the puja.

Notably, women, in the age group of 10-50 years, are traditionally barred from entering the Sabarimala temple. But the Supreme Court, through its September 28 landmark verdict, lifted the curb and permitted women of all age groups to offer prayers at the temple.

Kerala had witnessed massive protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women in the 10-50 age group into the Sabarimala temple since the state government decided to implement the Supreme Court order.

Marking the culmination of the 41-day ‘vratha’ (penance), Mandala Puja, the first phase of the Sabarimala pilgrimage, would be held on December 27 at the Lord Ayyappa temple. In recent days, the shrine has witnessed a steady inflow of pilgrims as the police had eased certain restrictions even as the prohibitory orders are still in place.

Earlier this month, the Kerala High Court had appointed a three-member committee, vesting them with powers to oversee law and order and other problems faced by pilgrims during the ongoing annual season.