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Ayyappa devotees on Saturday complained that the police restriction on Sabarimala temple is making their pilgrimage difficult, after the shrine opened amid heavy police restrictions.No one was allowed to stay at the temple top following a heavy rush after the shrine gates opened at 5 am today.On Saturday, tension gripped Kerala after fringe outfits started a campaign against the detention of Hindu Aikya Vedi state president, KP Sasikala, saying she was detained while carrying ‘irumudi kettu’. Meanwhile, the police said she was held in preventive custody for flouting sec 144 of IPC.The Sabarimala Karma Samiti, an umbrella organisation of outfits, called for a dawn to dusk hartal in Kerala in protest against arrest of Sasikala who was on the pilgrimage to Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple.
Sabarimala temple gates opened at 5 pm on Wednesday as protests against the entry for women devotees of menstrual age turned violent.Despite the Supreme Court order, no women turned up at the opening of the temple.Earlier in the day, clashes erupted as protesters tried to stop women the temple, with police waving batons charging stone-throwing protestors.The protesting group of devotees had been staging a sit-in chanting Ayyappa mantra in the shelter in protest against the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine.Here are the highlights: