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Sabarimala Temple Reopens After ‘Purification’ Ritual

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Our Responsibility to Ensure Safety: Kerala DGP

Kerala DGP Lokanath Behera said that it was the “responsibility of police to provide protection” to those who visited the Sabarimala.

“Verifying the age and other details is not our responsibility,” said the DGP, speaking to ANI.

Security Tightened Outside Bindu’s Residence

Security has been tightened in outside Bindu’s residence in Koyilandy. The house is locked and Bindu’s husband Hariharan and their seven-year-old daughter are away, reported Manorama News.

Sabarimala Shut for ‘Purification’

The sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala was shut for “purification rituals”, after two women entered the temple in the earlier in the day.

The sanctum sanctorum was closed at 10.30 am as opposed to 1pm, when it is usually shut, reported The News Minute.

While there is a pooja that is held at 12.40 pm usually, all priests have exited the sanctum sanctorum with the maelshanti (chief priest) going to the Thantri’s room, the report said.

Women Entered Savarimala, Confirms Vijayan

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed that women devotees entered Sabarimala temple, reported News18.

Condemn Govt, Police Conspiracy: Easwar

Rahul Easwar tweeted that he condemned the Kerala government, alleging police conspiracy in allowing the two women to enter Sabarimala.

Women Reportedly Offered Prayers at 3:45 AM

The two women devotees, Bindu and Kanakdurga, entered and offered prayers at the Sabarimala temple at 3.45am on 2 January, reported ANI.

The women, reportedly in their 40s, were accompanied by police personnel. They had earlier tried to enter the temple in December 2018, but were stopped due to massive protests, reported ANI.

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Updated: January 2, 2019 — 6:32 am
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