Sabarimala Temple shut for purification rituals

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Sabarimala Temple was shut on Wednesday for purification rituals after two women below 50 claimed to have entered the temple at 3.45 AM.

The ‘purification’ rituals would continue for an hour.

Bindu and Kanakdurga in their 40s are the first to enter the Sabarimala temple after the Supreme Court had last year lifted the ban on entry of women of all ages to offer prayers at the shrine.

According to the reports, the women had earlier tried to offer prayers in the month of December but had been blocked by massive protests.

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

Protests were held against the state government’s decision to implement the Supreme Court verdict.

Over a dozen women made unsuccessful attempts to offer prayers at the temple.