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Sabarimala Temple Shut for Purification After Two Women Enter: Just hours after two women below the age of 50 entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple, the shrine has been closed today to carry out 'purification' rituals.
According to reports, the temple was shut down at 10.30 a.m. as opposed to 1 p.m., when it is usually shut. While there is a pooja that is held at 12.40 p.m. usually, all priests have made an exit from the sanctum sanctorum with the maelshanti (chief priest) going to the Thantri's room.
According to reports by Asianet News, scores of devotees, who had lined up to enter the shrine, are now being made to wait outside the sanctum sanctorum. The 'purification' rituals are expected to take place between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Citing unofficial sources, Asianet News reports that the sanctum sanctorm will reopen at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Kerala police have reportedly told devotees who were denied the chance to conduct the darshan owing to the sanctum sanctorum being shut, will be allowed to do so again.
The two women in their early forties entered the temple in the wee hours of Wednesday, months after the Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple.
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Bindu and Kanakadurga, both below 50 years of age, entered the temple before 4 a.m. on Wednesday.
Videos showed the two women, dressed in black clothes, at the sannidhanam, and were reportedly accompanied by policemen in mufti.
Police sources as cited by TNM told that the women, entered sannidhanam through the north entrance of the temple. It is, however, not clear how and when they reached Pamba and started the ascent to the shrine.
The news of the entry of Bindu and Kanakadurga into the temple was also confirmed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The two women - the 42-year-old Bindu from Koilandy and 44-year-old Kanakadurga from Angadipuram in Malappuram district were stopped from entering the temple on December 24, when just as they were about to reach the sannidhanam and massive protests broke out.