Thiruvananthapuram: Sabarimala Temple was shut on Wednesday for purification rituals after two women entered and offered prayers at Lord Ayyappa’s Shrine at 3.45 AM. Devotees named Bindu and Kanakdurga, both under the age of 50 years, were escorted by cops in the temple.

According to a report, the women tried to offer prayers last week as well but couldn’t do so. A video which was released by news agency ANI showed the women dressed in black from head to toe.

 

Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has issued standing orders to police to provide all possible protection to any woman who wants to enter the temple.

Further, lakhs of women from various walks of life participated in the 620 km-long state-sponsored “Women’s wall” campaign on Tuesday to uphold gender equality and renaissance values. The wall started Kasargode in the north to Ayyanakali square near the Governor’s residence in Thiruvananthapuram.

The “Women’s wall” was conceived in the backdrop of frenzied protests witnessed in the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala after the CPI(M)-led LDF government decided to implement the Supreme Court verdict, allowing all women to pray at the Ayyappa shrine.

Giving full support to the event was the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Left Democratic Front (LDF) which had vowed to gather five million women for the event.

Women stood on the side of the National Highway that runs from Kasargode to Thiruvananthapuram and took a pledge at 4 a.m. After standing for 15 minutes, the women dispersed.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will hear in open court on January 22 a batch of review petitions on the Sabarimala row.

The top court had on September 28 paved the way for the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple, saying that the ban on entry of menstrual age women amounted to gender discrimination. The shrine has been under a heavy security blanket since November 17, the day when it was opened for the annual two-month-long pilgrimage season.