Watch: Prayers offered at Sabarimala temple after day of violent protest
he hill shrine of Sabarimala in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district opened on Wednesday as protests against the entry for women devotees of menstrual age turned violent. Hundreds of policemen and women guarded the main gateway to temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, which opened for the first time after the Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages access to the shrine. Despite the Supreme Court order, no women turned up at the opening of the temple. Earlier, police chased away protesters and demolished their tents in Nilakkal, the second base camp 16km away from the temple, as stones were pelted on the streets.