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12-Year-Old Girl Barred From Proceeding To Lord Ayyappa Temple

Sabarimala(Ker): A 12-year-old lady from Puducherry, who had come for darshan to Lord Ayyappa temple right here alongside along with her father, was not allowed to proceed to the shrine from Pamba on Tuesday morning.

The age of the lady, with “irrumudikettu” (choices to Lord Ayyappa) had been proven as 10 within the digital Q reserving.

Ladies police examined the lady’s aadhar card and located that she was 12 years outdated and refused to permit her to proceed farther from Pamba to the shrine complicated, police mentioned.

After these accompanying the kid had been knowledgeable concerning the present state of affairs in Sabarimala, her father and different family proceeded to the temple.

Supporting the shrine’s custom, a nine-year-old Keralite lady, who got here to the temple complicated from Karnataka on Monday, had a placard round her neck inscribed with the phrases “Ready to wait. Will visit the shrine after attaining 50 years.”

Hailing from Thrissur, Hridyakrishnan mentioned she had visited the shrine thrice and would have darshan of Lord Ayyappa solely after she reaches 50.

Her father, Harikrishnan had mentioned devotees are those that shield traditions and beliefs.

Whereas two girls within the barred age group of 10-50 years had been stopped by police on Monday from visiting the hill shrine, on Saturday, when the temple opened, not less than 10 younger girls from Andhra Pradesh had been despatched again.

The Pamba base camp is on the foothills of Sabarimala, about 5 km from the shrine.

The Lord Ayyappa temple had opened on November 16 night for the 2 months lengthy Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season.

The state and temple precincts had witnessed protests by right-wing outfits and BJP staff final yr after the LDF authorities determined to implement the Supreme court docket’s verdict of September 28, 2018, permitting girls of all age teams to supply prayers on the shrine.

Nevertheless, this yr, despite the fact that the highest court docket had not stayed its verdict on entry of younger girls into the shrine whereas posting varied petitions on the matter to a bigger bench, the federal government was exercising warning.

Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran has made it clear that Sabarimala was not a spot for activists to show their activism and mentioned the federal government wouldn’t encourage such girls who wish to go to the shrine for publicity.

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