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Green flag for new airport at Sabarimala; PM Modi says ‘great news for tourism’

The Kottayam Greenfield Airport project will be developed on a 2,250-acre land with an investment of approximately Rs. 4,000 crores.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Tuesday to share the civil aviation ministry's announcement.
Published on Apr 18, 2023 02:32 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

After pesticide scare, prasad at Sabarimala made sans cardamom

Tests conducted at two labs of Food Safety Authority in the state capital and Food Safety and Standard Authority of India in Kochi had found high traces of pesticide in the prasad.

Devotees pay obeisance at Sabarimala Temple . (ANI pic service)
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 05:20 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Daily footfall to Sabarimala restricted to 90,000

CM had convened a meeting in view of the Sunday’s Kerala HC directive amid mounting complaints of pilgrims who were forced to stand more than eight to 10 hours in queues. The high court had also directed the temple board and Pathnamthitta district collector to suggest ways to control the rush.

Ayyappa devotees at Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta, Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 13, 2022 04:48 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Sabarimala temple opens for Chingam pujas

Melsanthi (chief priest) N Parameshwaran Namboothiri opened the portals of the sanctum sanctorum and lit the lamp under the aegis of tantri (head priest) Kandari Rajeevaru on Tuesday evening.

The shrine would remain open till August 21.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Aug 17, 2022 09:01 AM IST

RT-PCR test not mandatory for children on Sabarimala pilgrimage: Kerala

Adult pilgrims and staff deployed to Sabarimala will have to show either a two-dose vaccination certificate or the RT-PCR negative certificate within 72 hours.

The Sabarimala shrine opened for the two-month mandalam and makaravilakku pilgrimage earlier this month. (ANI FIle Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 03:25 PM IST
By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

What is Kerala's 'halal' food controversy? Explained

The controversy began following the use of halal-certified jaggery to prepare the prasadam at the Sabarimala temple. 

The temple board has said the controversy is motivated and absolutely uncalled for. 
Published on Nov 25, 2021 08:24 PM IST
By | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

Devotees allowed to visit Sabarimala in batches after temporary ban lifted

The decision to resume the pilgrimage to Sabarimala temple was made after authorities noted on Saturday that no major rainfall was reported in the region.

Devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala in this file photo.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 21, 2021 03:19 PM IST
Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Sabarimala pilgrimage suspended for a day due to rain, red alert for Pamba dam

Braving inclement weather conditions and the Covid-19 situation, hundreds of devotees have been trekking the Sabarimala hills to offer prayers at the Ayyappa temple since it opened on November 16 for the two-month-long annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season.

Devotees offer prayers during a ritual to worship Lord Ayyappa.(AFP Photo)
Published on Nov 20, 2021 06:37 AM IST
By | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Sabarimala board issues clarification on ‘halal’ markings after row

The Travancore Dewasom Board (TDB) filed the reply after a devotee moved the HC on Wednesday questioning ‘halal’ specifications on jaggery packets.

In the reply the TDB said the present “controversy was unwarranted and uncalled for and aimed at crippling the revenue of the temple and defaming it.” (File image of Sabarimala temple)(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 05:19 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala’s Sabarimala temple to reopen today for monthly pooja

Devotees who were unable to visit the shrine in October due to the flood situation and had booked their slot, are also being permitted entry.

Those who are not yet vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated will be asked to show a negative RT-PCR report for the Covid-19 test.
Published on Nov 02, 2021 08:41 AM IST

Kerala flood: Over 25 dead due to heavy rains; Idduki, Kottayam worst hit

Kerala rain: Rescue efforts are in full swing, with the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force, and the Indian Navy joining in with the local administration to assist the relief operations.

Heavy rains in Kerala: NDRF personnel shifting some of the bodies recovered in the Kottayam district. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 12:17 AM IST
By | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pilgrims told to not visit Kerala’s Sabarimala amid rainfall, floods

The Travancore Devaswom Board has urged devotees not to visit the Sabarimala temple, which had only just reopened its doors for the ‘Thula Masam’ poojas on Saturday.

Kerala: The Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala reopened its doors for the ‘Thula masam’ poojas. (File Photo / HT)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 07:29 AM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Online booking for Makara Jyothi at Sabarimala opens

The decision about entry of devotees at Sabrimala during the pilgrimage season was taken by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan after a meeting held earlier this month to review the Covid-19 situation in the state.

The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala will see a rush of pilgrims rom November 16.(ANI File Photo)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 08:14 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Sabarimala: 25,000 jabbed devotees daily, negative RTPCR valid. Details here

Only those who have been inoculated with both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine or those carrying a negative RTPCR report would be permitted to enter

A total of 25,000 devotees will be allowed to enter Sabarimala during the initial days(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 09:19 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Sabarimala temple opens; RT-PCR report or vaccine certificate must

Sabarimala temple has reopened for five days from July 17 to July 21, officials said, adding that pilgrims wishing to visit will be allowed to enter the shrine only if they show a Covid-19 vaccination certificate of both doses or a negative RT-PCR report issued within 48 hours.

Only 5,000 people will be allowed to enter the Sabarimala temple, officials said.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Jul 17, 2021 08:25 AM IST
By | Written by Arpan Rai, New Delhi

Sabarimala temple to open for monthly rituals from today, but conditions apply

Lord Ayappa temple in Kerala's Sabarimala would be opened for its monthly puja rituals from July 17 to 21. No more than 5,000 devotees will be allowed, all of who must produce their negative Covid-19 test reports issued within the past 48 hours.

Sabarimala temple in Kerala: No more than 5,000 devotees, who have booked their slots through the online queue, will be allowed for the darshan. (File Photo)
Published on Jul 16, 2021 06:56 AM IST
By | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Sabarimala temple issue: CM Pinarayi Vijayan says everything going on smooth now

Asking why the party should be worried about it now, he told reporters in Pattambi in Palakkad district if any issue crops up after the final verdict it would be discussed with all sections of society.

The Sabarimala temple will open on December 30 at 5 pm for the annual festival of ‘Makaravilakku’, officials said on Monday.(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 19, 2021 04:30 PM IST
PTI | , Pattambi

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The subject expert committee of the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation is scheduled to meet on Wednesday(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 01:02 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Kerala to withdraw cases filed during Sabarimala agitation, anti-CAA protests

More than 50,000 people were booked in connection with the agitation.

The agitation came after the Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to the temple annulling an age-old bar on women of reproductive age. (Reuters)
Updated on Feb 24, 2021 12:16 PM IST
By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Kerala BJP says Congress' promise to protect Sabarimala custom is 'poll stunt'

KS Radhakrishnan challenged the United Democratic Front (UDF) to disclose the number of leaders in the alliance who were implicated in the Sabarimala agitation.

Radhakrishnan termed UDF's move as sheer hypocrisy and opportunism and alleged it was just an exercise to get some votes.(ANI)
Published on Feb 08, 2021 03:38 PM IST
ANI | , Kochi

Will bring law on Sabarimala if voted into power, says UDF

Addressing media in Kochi, Ramachandran said the matter of Sabarimala will be a major issue in the UDF election manifesto for the upcoming election.

The Sabarimala temple in Kerala.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 07, 2021 06:05 AM IST
ANI | , Kochi
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