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The Sabarimala temple will open on December 30 at 5 pm for the annual festival of ‘Makaravilakku’, officials said on Monday.(REUTERS)

Sabarimala temple to open for Makaravilakku festival today

Thiruvananthapuram | By Asian News International | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:57 AM IST
As per a statement from the Travancore Devasom Board, pilgrims will be allowed entry to the temple from the morning of December 31, 2020 till January 19, 2021. The temple will be closed on January 20. Entry to the temple will be limited to only 5,000 pilgrims per day.
Devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala in this file photo.(Reuters)
Devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala in this file photo.(Reuters)

Covid-19 negative certificate must for Sabarimala pilgrims from tomorrow

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 07:00 PM IST
The Sabarimala temple will remain closed after the Mandala puja on December 26 and reopen for the Makaravilakku puja on December 31.
Around seven months after it was closed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the doors of Sabarimala temple were thrown open for devotees from October 16, albeit with certain restrictions.(PTI)
Around seven months after it was closed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the doors of Sabarimala temple were thrown open for devotees from October 16, albeit with certain restrictions.(PTI)

Devotees can avail Sabarimala Prasadam at their doorstep via Speed Post

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 01:33 AM IST
The service was launched all across the country on November 6 and around 9000 orders have already been received so far.
The Lord Ayyappa Temple in Kerala’s Sabarimala is seen in this file photo. The temple trust has said it will allow pilgrims to offer prayers from Saturday, the first day of Malayalam month of Thulam, till October 21.(PTI Photo)
The Lord Ayyappa Temple in Kerala’s Sabarimala is seen in this file photo. The temple trust has said it will allow pilgrims to offer prayers from Saturday, the first day of Malayalam month of Thulam, till October 21.(PTI Photo)

Kerala’s Sabarimala temple reopens: Covid-19 negative proof, online booking must for entry

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 11:48 AM IST
The Sabarimala temple, one of the richest in the country, was closed for devotees on March 18, days before the first national lockdown was enforced.
Sabarimala temple to be opened from October 16 for devotees during Thulam(Twitter/Sham_Gupta007)
Sabarimala temple to be opened from October 16 for devotees during Thulam(Twitter/Sham_Gupta007)

Sabarimala temple to be opened for devotees during during the Malayalam month of Thulam

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 01:44 PM IST
A virtual queue portal for the booking of darshans at the temple has been opened for the public as Sabarimala temple opens from October 16 during Thulam
There are certain SOPs and guidelines which have been put in place to be followed to enter the temple.(REUTERS)
There are certain SOPs and guidelines which have been put in place to be followed to enter the temple.(REUTERS)

Sabarimala temple to open from October 16: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 14, 2020 07:01 PM IST
The temple was closed for devotees on March 18, a week before the first lockdown was put into place. In June there were plans to open the shrine but it was deferred after many organizations and the chief priest of the temple opposed it.
The Sabarimala Temple was closed for devotees on March 18, a week before the first lockdown was put in place.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
The Sabarimala Temple was closed for devotees on March 18, a week before the first lockdown was put in place.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Sabarimala Temple to open for devotees on Oct 16 after lockdown to curb Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 08:55 PM IST
All pilgrims will have to carry Covid-19 negative certificates obtained 48 hours before reaching Pambha, the base camp, and those arriving without certificates will have to undergo a test and wait for its results before being able to visit the shrine.
SP Balasubrahmanyam is admitted at a hospital in Chennai.
SP Balasubrahmanyam is admitted at a hospital in Chennai.

SP Balasubrahmanyam is stable, on ventilator and ECMO support, informs hospital

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 07:45 PM IST
Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam continues to be stable but on ventilator and ECMO support, said the MGM Healthcare hospital in Chennai, where he is undergoing treatment after testing positive for Covid-19.
File photo of a procession at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala(PTI)
File photo of a procession at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala(PTI)

Sabarimala temple reopens for monthly prayers, devotees barred due to Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 11:09 AM IST
The Travancore Dewasom Board, which runs 1000-odd temples in south Kerala, had decided to open all shrines under its control from August 17, Malayalam New Year Day, except Sabarimala.
File photo of devotees in queue outside Guruvayur temple in Thrissur, Kerala. (Vivek Nair/Hindustan Times)
File photo of devotees in queue outside Guruvayur temple in Thrissur, Kerala. (Vivek Nair/Hindustan Times)

Kerala shrines under Devaswom Board to open next week; Sabarimala stays shut

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 04:50 PM IST
The TDB feels that if Sabarimala temple is opened there will be a steady stream of devotees from neighbouring states and it will affect the ongoing Covid-19 control measures so it deferred its decision on the hill temple
The TDB runs Sabarimala (in Pathanamthitta district) and thousand-odd other temples in south and central Kerala. The tantri is usually considered as the final word on all ritualistic matters.
The TDB runs Sabarimala (in Pathanamthitta district) and thousand-odd other temples in south and central Kerala. The tantri is usually considered as the final word on all ritualistic matters.

Sabarimala priest for postponing temple opening, cites rising Covid-19 cases

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 07:05 PM IST
The tantri said he has sent a letter to the TDB commissioner and spoke to TDB chairman N Vasu regarding the opening of the hill shrine.
On November 14, 2019, a five-judge bench that heard the Sabarimala review petitions framed seven questions to be answered by a larger bench, resulting in the constitution of a nine-judge bench.(Reuters Photo)
On November 14, 2019, a five-judge bench that heard the Sabarimala review petitions framed seven questions to be answered by a larger bench, resulting in the constitution of a nine-judge bench.(Reuters Photo)

Can refer legal questions to larger bench: Supreme Court in Sabarimala case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2020 06:27 PM IST
The court had observed that the practices entailing restriction on entry of women in places of worship was not limited to the Sabarimala case, but also arose in respect of three other cases.
The Sabarimala Temple has been in the news since the Supreme Court in September 2018 opened the hill shrine to women of all ages.(REUTERS FILE)
The Sabarimala Temple has been in the news since the Supreme Court in September 2018 opened the hill shrine to women of all ages.(REUTERS FILE)

Drafting law on Sabarimala temple, Kerala informs Supreme Court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2020 04:46 AM IST
A bench of justices NV Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari granted the request when senior counsel Jaideep Gupta, who represents the state, told the Supreme Court about the process and sought the extra time.
Devotees queue up to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on January 3.(PTI File photo)
Devotees queue up to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on January 3.(PTI File photo)

Women’s entry to worship places: Lawyers question SC’s move; hearings to go on

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2020 12:57 AM IST
The bench was constituted after the Supreme Court in November 2019 referred petitions seeking a review of its September 2018 verdict in the Sabarimala case that allowed women of all ages to pray at the temple to a larger bench.
A woman is seen among the crowd of devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple.(Photo: Vivek R Nair/ Hindustan Times)
A woman is seen among the crowd of devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple.(Photo: Vivek R Nair/ Hindustan Times)

CJI sets 10-day deadline to finish Sabarimala hearings

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2020 03:37 AM IST
Chief Justice Bobde had set up the nine-judge bench earlier this month to decide constitutional questions raised last year by a five-judge bench that had heard the review petitions against the 2018 Sabarimala verdict.
Devotees in queue at the Pamba base camp to enter the shrine at Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta, Kerala in November 2019.(Vivek R Nair/HT File Photo)
Devotees in queue at the Pamba base camp to enter the shrine at Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta, Kerala in November 2019.(Vivek R Nair/HT File Photo)

Sabarimala case: 65-year-old law in the spotlight

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2020 03:01 AM IST
The questions framed by the November 14 Sabarimala judgment of the five-judge bench allowing women of all ages to enter the temple for consideration by the nine-judge bench would mean that the test would now come under the scanner of the court.
Devotees in queues to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala in November 2019.(Vivek Nair/HT File Photo)
Devotees in queues to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala in November 2019.(Vivek Nair/HT File Photo)

Sabarimala bench to rule on constitutional questions only, says CJI Bobde

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2020 02:56 AM IST
The nine-judge bench was constituted after a November 14 judgment of a five-judge bench heard the review petitions challenging a September 2018 judgment of the Supreme Court throwing open the Sabarimala temple to all women irrespective of their age.
Devotees throng the Lord Ayyappa temple to offer prayers, at Sabarimala in Kerala on December 31, 2019.(PTI Photo)
Devotees throng the Lord Ayyappa temple to offer prayers, at Sabarimala in Kerala on December 31, 2019.(PTI Photo)

For 9-judge Sabarimala bench, CJI suggests Ayodhya hearings as the template

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 12:04 PM IST
The court had, in November last year, asked a larger bench to re-examine various religious issues.
A police personnel checking the age proof of women devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple when the shrine was opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in November 2019.(Vivek R Nair/HT File Photo)
A police personnel checking the age proof of women devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple when the shrine was opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in November 2019.(Vivek R Nair/HT File Photo)

Supreme Court to begin hearing pleas on Sabarimala from today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan & Agencies
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 12:49 AM IST
In November, the top court said the larger bench will re-examine the Sabarimala issue as well as those related to the entry of women into mosques, and the denial of access to fire temples for Parsi women who marry outside the community.
Supreme Court’s first session of 2020 saw justices giving their verdict on several important cases.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)
Supreme Court’s first session of 2020 saw justices giving their verdict on several important cases.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)

From Kashmir’s Internet freedom to Tata sons, 10 big stories from Supreme Court reopening week

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 01:01 PM IST
Starting from petitions against Internet ban in Kashmir to filing of curative petitions by the convicts of the 2012 Delhi gang rape, the apex court had a hectic start to 2020.
A woman is seen among the crowd of devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple as the shrine opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in the evening, at Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India, on Saturday, November 16, 2019.(Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)
A woman is seen among the crowd of devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple as the shrine opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in the evening, at Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India, on Saturday, November 16, 2019.(Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)

CJI-led top court bench to hear Sabarimala petitions

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 03:14 AM IST
Besides CJI Bobde, the bench will comprise justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, Mohan M Shantanagoudar, S Abdul Nazeer, R Subhash Reddy, BR Gavai and Surya Kant. The hearing in the matter is slated to commence on January 13.
Women of reproductive age were restricted from entering the over 800-year-old shrine in south Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district because its presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is considered to be a celibate.(PTI file photo)
Women of reproductive age were restricted from entering the over 800-year-old shrine in south Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district because its presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is considered to be a celibate.(PTI file photo)

9-judge SC bench for Sabarimala petitions

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2020 02:12 AM IST
The rule was held to be violative of the right of Hindu women under Article 25 to practice their religion.
A police personnel checks the age proof of women devotees to weed out women in the 10-50 age group at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple.(HT Photo)
A police personnel checks the age proof of women devotees to weed out women in the 10-50 age group at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple.(HT Photo)

With record earnings, it’s business as usual at Sabarimala hill shrine

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 07:02 PM IST
A loss of Rs 100 crore was recorded in the last pilgrimage season as thousands of devotees couldn’t trek to the temple as its path turned into a battleground for protestors, both supporting and opposing the Supreme Court’s decision to allow young women pilgrims into the shrine against its age-old tradition.
A police personnel checks the age proof of women devotees to weed out women in the 10-50 age group at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple as the shrine opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in the evening, at Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.(Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)
A police personnel checks the age proof of women devotees to weed out women in the 10-50 age group at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple as the shrine opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in the evening, at Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.(Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)

SC likely to hear Sabarimala review petitions next month

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2019 11:19 PM IST
On September 28, 2018, the apex court ruled by a 4-1 majority that no woman can be stopped from entering Sabarimala temple, ending a traditional ban on the entry of women between 10 and 50 years of age into the shrine.
Men at work at the main temple complex of Sabarimala temple, in Kerala in November 2019.(Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)
Men at work at the main temple complex of Sabarimala temple, in Kerala in November 2019.(Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)

Supreme Court asks women seeking entry into Sabarimala to ‘be patient’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 06:14 AM IST
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde justified its stance by adverting to the possibility of violence in case the court passes any order.
The Sabarimala temple opened for three-month pilgrimage season on November 17 and is witnessing a heavy rush(Vivek Nair/HT Photo)
The Sabarimala temple opened for three-month pilgrimage season on November 17 and is witnessing a heavy rush(Vivek Nair/HT Photo)

Dead lizard found in Sabarimala offering, Kerala police order probe

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 08:52 AM IST
The sale of aravana payasam - a black kheer made of rice, jaggery, ghee, coconut, cumin powder and cardamom, contributes at least 60 per cent of the temple’s revenue.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Kerala government to frame a law to manage the Sabarimala temple by the third week of January 2020.(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Kerala government to frame a law to manage the Sabarimala temple by the third week of January 2020.(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)

SC directs Kerala government to frame law on Sabarimala

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 01:04 AM IST
A three-judge bench led by justice NV Ramana said the Ayappa temple in Sabarimala cannot be administered by a common law proposed to govern 3,000 temples.
A woman is seen among the crowd of devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple as the shrine opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in the evening at Pathanamthitta district of Kerala on Saturday.(Photo: Vivek R Nair/ Hindustan Times)
A woman is seen among the crowd of devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple as the shrine opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in the evening at Pathanamthitta district of Kerala on Saturday.(Photo: Vivek R Nair/ Hindustan Times)

Make an exclusive law for administration of Sabarimala temple: SC tells Kerala govt

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 03:18 PM IST
A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana asked the state to place before it by third week of January next year the legislation, also covering the aspects of welfare of pilgrims visiting there.
A Rapid Action Force jawan stands guard as devotees stand in queues to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple during the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala, Monday.(PTI)
A Rapid Action Force jawan stands guard as devotees stand in queues to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple during the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala, Monday.(PTI)

12-year-old girl on way to Sabarimala stopped after Aadhaar card check

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 07:54 AM IST
The shrine of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala had opened for the annual 41-day pilgrimage on Saturday. Five women stopped from trekking up to the temple on the first day of the pilgrimage by the police.
Pilgrims wait their turn at Sabarimala temple in Kerala.(Viivek Nair/HT Photo)
Pilgrims wait their turn at Sabarimala temple in Kerala.(Viivek Nair/HT Photo)

As peace returns to Sabarimala, temple rakes in over Rs 3 cr on opening day

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2019 01:24 AM IST
The first day of the pilgrimage season on Sunday brought in revenue of Rs 3.3 crore which was an increase of Rs 1.28 crore in earnings compared to the same day last year.
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