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Sabarimala temple to open for annual 10-day festival today

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Thiruvananthapuram,

Mar
11:
The
Sabarimala
Ayyappa
temple
in
Kerala
will
open
by
5
pm
on
March
11
for
a
ten-day
long
annual
festival
and
poojas
of
the
month
of
Meenam.

A

release
issued
by
the
Travancore
Devaswom
Board
(TDB),
which
administers
the
shrine,
said
that
head
priest
Kandararu
Rajeevaru
would
preside
over
the
temple
opening
ceremony.
The
festival
will
end
on
March
21.

The

temple
will
also
get
a
new
gold-plated
door
for
the
sanctum
sanctorum
when
the
hill
shrine
opens
for
the
festival.
The
existing
door,
which
developed
tiny
cracks,
would
be
replaced
with
the
new
one.
The
holy
door,
made
of
quality
teak
wood,
has
been
plated
with
at
least
four
kilograms
of
gold
after
engraving
and
embossing
it
with
copper.

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2
women
entered
Sabarimala
temple,
says
Kerala
govt
in
assembly

A

group
of
Sabarimala
devotees,
led
by
one
Unni
Namboothiri,
met
the
expenses
of
the
new
door
as
an
offering
to
the
presiding
deity,
TDB
president
A
Padmakumar
had
said.
"The
new
door
is
designed
in
such
a
way
that
the
gold
platings
can
be
removed
if
the
door
suffers
any
damage
in
course
of
time,"
the
TDB
chief
had
said.

The

temple
and
its
base
camps
had
witnessed
violent
clashes
between
police
and
traditionalists
during
the
64-day
annual
pilgrimage
season
that
ended
on
January
20.
More
than
10,000
people
were
booked
in
connection
with
the
violence.

On

September
29,
2018,
the
Supreme
Court
had
struck
down
a
rule
that
disallowed
girls
and
women
in
the
10-50
age
group
from
entering
the
Sabarimala
Temple
in
Kerala.

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