Woman arrested for attempting to barge inside Sabarimala Temple

November 18th, 2007 - 8:10 pm ICT by admin  

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 18 (ANI): A woman was today arrested in front of Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, as she attempted to gatecrash into the revered hill shrine, where entry of women is barred.
Shelvi, a native of Pondicherry, was arrested just 50 meters away from the holy ‘18 steps’ as she tried to breach the temple’s security, and was taken into custody for further investigations.
It may be recalled that just one and a half year back a major controversy erupted when a Kannada film actress named Jaimala claimed to have entered the sanctum sanctorum and touched the celibate idol.
In past few years many women have been arrested at Pampa while trying to sneak into the temple.
Women past their puberty are not allowed entry into the temple, and many women groups oppose this.
Thousands of Hindu devotees visit Sabarimala Temple during the festival known as Mandalam-Makarivilakku, which begins from the first day of Malayalam month Vrischikom in mid-November (November 16 this year) and culminates in the third week of January.
The temple situated atop the Sabarimala hill is at about 4,000 feet above sea level. One has to brave an arduous trek of more than six kilometres to reach the temple at the top and pass through dense thickets of forest.
Pilgrims from all over the country throng the hill shrine. (ANI)

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