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The Travancore Devaswom Board said the RT-PCR test certificate, taken not more than 48 hours prior to their visit to the temple, is must for pilgrims from December 26.(PTI)

RT-PCR test mandatory for Sabarimala pilgrims from today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:42 AM IST
“Covid-19-negative certificate after a RT-PCR test, taken not more than 48 hours prior to their visit to the temple, is a must for the pilgrims to visit the shrine. Else they will not be permitted to undertake the pilgrimage,” N Vasu, TDB president, said in a release.
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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

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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Priests perform rituals for the 'Tulamas Puja' at the Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district.(PTI)
Priests perform rituals for the 'Tulamas Puja' at the Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district.(PTI)

Now, 5,000 visitors can visit Sabarimala in day; RT-PCR test mandatory

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 08:18 PM IST
The temple was shut for nearly seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic. In November, the shrine reopened for the annual two-month-long Mandala-Makaravilakku.
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The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala opened for the two-month-long annual pilgrimage season on Sunday evening.(ANI photo)
The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala opened for the two-month-long annual pilgrimage season on Sunday evening.(ANI photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Covid-19 free certificate mandatory at Sabarimala and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 09:07 PM IST
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Priests perform rituals at the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.(PTI Photo)
Priests perform rituals at the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.(PTI Photo)

Sabarimala pilgrimage begins, Covid-19 free certificate made mandatory

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:00 PM IST
Among other restrictions, pilgrims will also not be allowed to stay at the hilltop and bath in holy river Pamba, said the TDB officials
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Covid-19 testing kiosks would be opened at Pampa and Nilakkal, the base camps, to help devotees to carry out the test before beginning the trekking.(PTI)
Covid-19 testing kiosks would be opened at Pampa and Nilakkal, the base camps, to help devotees to carry out the test before beginning the trekking.(PTI)

Elaborate precautionary measures in Sabarimala in view of Covid-19

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON NOV 14, 2020 02:05 PM IST
The entire pilgrimage would be through the virtual queue system this time, so the usual heavy rush can be regulated, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said after a high level meeting of officials to review the final preparations at the temple on Friday.
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Apex temple body Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) which manages over 1,200 shrines across Kerala, has decided to appoint 19 lower caste people, including 18 belonging to the scheduled caste and one from the scheduled tribe, as priests in its shrines.(Reuters file photo)
Apex temple body Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) which manages over 1,200 shrines across Kerala, has decided to appoint 19 lower caste people, including 18 belonging to the scheduled caste and one from the scheduled tribe, as priests in its shrines.(Reuters file photo)

Kerala’s apex temple body to appoint ST priest for the first time

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 03:33 PM IST
A total of 133 non-Brahmin priests have been appointed in various temples in the southern state in the last four and half year tenure of the government, as per the sources.
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Priests perform rituals for the 'Tulamas Puja' at the Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district.(PTI)
Priests perform rituals for the 'Tulamas Puja' at the Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district.(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Cash-strapped Sabarimala to start express ‘prasad’ delivery and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 12:54 PM IST
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Sabarimala temple reopens for the first time in October after being closed in March.(File photo)
Sabarimala temple reopens for the first time in October after being closed in March.(File photo)

Cash-strapped Sabarimala to start express ‘prasad’ delivery

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 12:23 PM IST
TDB officials said through home delivery of prasad, they expect to make up for the financial losses the temple has suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic
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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

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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Sabarimala temple was closed for devotees on March 18, days before the first lockdown was enforced.(Vivek R Nair/ HT photo)
Sabarimala temple was closed for devotees on March 18, days before the first lockdown was enforced.(Vivek R Nair/ HT photo)

Covid-19: Seven months since it closed, Sabarimala temple opens today with strict curbs

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 01:03 PM IST
Only devotees registered on the virtual queue portal will be allowed and a maximum of 250 will be permitted in a day. All pilgrims will have to carry Covid-19 negative certificates obtained just 48 hours before reaching Pambha, said the TDB
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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

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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The temple will close on August 21 evening after monthly puja.(Reuters)
The temple will close on August 21 evening after monthly puja.(Reuters)

Kerala: 5-day monthly puja to begin at Sabarimala temple today

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Pathanamthitta, Kerala
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 08:30 AM IST
According to the Covid-19 protocol, the bar on the entry of devotees will continue.
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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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
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
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Police said Fathima presented herself before the South Police station under the Kochi Commissionerate this afternoon.(PTI)
Police said Fathima presented herself before the South Police station under the Kochi Commissionerate this afternoon.(PTI)

Activist Rehana Fathima surrenders before police

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Kochi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2020 06:55 PM IST
The allegation against Fathima, who made an attempt to enter the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala in 2018, is that she asked her children, a boy and girl aged 14 and 8 respectively to paint on her semi-nude body.
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A view of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.(REUTERS)
A view of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.(REUTERS)

Royal family welcomes Kerala temple verdict

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 01:38 AM IST
“It is not the victory of royal family. It is the victory of people and devotees. Finally, the will of the Lord Padmanabhaswamy prevailed. We dedicate this to the presiding deity,” said Aswathi Tirunal Lakshmi Bayi, a member of the royal family.
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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan blamed cheap politics behind the confusion and the prolonged drama. (Videograb)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan blamed cheap politics behind the confusion and the prolonged drama. (Videograb)

Sabarimala temple shut for devotees for now; Kerala CM, BJP trade barbs

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 09:01 PM IST
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was a right decision but the Bharatiya Janata Party termed it a victory of devotees.
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File photo: Devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple.(Reuters)
File photo: Devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple.(Reuters)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Sabarimala board puts freeze on temple opening, Kerala calls for talks and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 05:08 PM IST
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The Sabarimala temple was planning to open on June 14 and a week-long festival was to follow from June 19, however that has been put on hold for now. (HT Photo)
The Sabarimala temple was planning to open on June 14 and a week-long festival was to follow from June 19, however that has been put on hold for now. (HT Photo)

Sabarimala board puts freeze on temple opening, Kerala calls for talks

By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 04:20 PM IST
The Kerala government, after the temple board and the priest differed over the opening of the hill shrine, has called a meeting in Thiruvananthapuram.
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Citing a sharp increase in caseload in the neighbouring states, the priest said it is better to postpone the opening of the temple. (Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)
Citing a sharp increase in caseload in the neighbouring states, the priest said it is better to postpone the opening of the temple. (Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)

Sabarimala priest favours delay, temple body says will open on June 14

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 08:22 PM IST
The Sabarimala tantri (supreme priest) said he has sent a letter to the TDB commissioner and spoke to TDB chairman N Vasu for postponing the opening of the hill shrine. The TDB, however, claims that it has received no communication in this matter.
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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

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
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.
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The main temple complex of Sabarimala shrine in Kerala. The Sabrimala Temple was closed after monthly puja on March 18 days before the lockdown over Covid-19.(Vivek Nair/HT File Photo)
The main temple complex of Sabarimala shrine in Kerala. The Sabrimala Temple was closed after monthly puja on March 18 days before the lockdown over Covid-19.(Vivek Nair/HT File Photo)

Covid-19 update: Sabarimala may turn to digital offerings

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 03:54 PM IST
The Sabrimala Temple was closed after monthly puja on March 18 days before the lockdown was imposed on March 25. At least 14,000 devotees trekked to the hill shrine in Pathanamthitta district despite the government and TDB’s warnings against large gatherings at the temple in view of the pandemic, according to reports.
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Supreme Court(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
Supreme Court(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)

Supreme Court to consider listing CAA case after Holi break

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 12:15 PM IST
A nine-judge bench is re-examining various religious issues, including the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple and mosques, and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.
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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

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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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 FILE)
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 FILE)

Centre, Kerala govt at odds over sending Sabarimala queries to larger SC bench

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 04:52 AM IST
A nine-judge bench of the top court heard the limited issue of whether a bench of the Supreme Court, while hearing a review petition, can refer questions of law to a larger bench.
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Devotees queue up inside Sabarimala temple premises.(Reuters)
Devotees queue up inside Sabarimala temple premises.(Reuters)

Sabarimala case: SC to frame issues on gender discrimination

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2020 12:52 AM IST
A nine-judge Constitution bench will consider the issues related to the entry of Muslim women into mosques, female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community and barring of Parsi women, married to non-Parsi men, in the holy fire place at an agiary.
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A police personnel checks the age proof of women devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple(Vivek R Nair / HT File)
A police personnel checks the age proof of women devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple(Vivek R Nair / HT File)

Nine-judge bench won’t hear Sabarimala case for more than 10 days, says CJI

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Timse, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2020 12:10 PM IST
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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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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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

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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A march in New Delhi against the violence at JNU campus on January 5. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
A march in New Delhi against the violence at JNU campus on January 5. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times| ‘Premeditated attack’: JNU professors tell Delhi HC seeking notice to Google, WhatsApp and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 01:00 PM IST
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