Lord Ayyappa Temple
India  /  Published 29.12.21

‘Poetic justice’ for students

College students involved in a clash were made to write couplets of saint-poet Thiruvalluvar as punishment by police in Tamil Nadu. The incident happened on Sunday during a procession of elephants at...
By PTI in Coimbatore

India  /  Published 07.11.20

SC/ST priests for 1st time in Kerala

The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages over 1,200 temples in Kerala, has decided to appoint priests from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. One ST and 18 SC priests will soon be appointe...
By PTI in Thiruvananthapuram

Opinion  /  Published 01.11.18

Sabarimala, the judiciary, and public opinion

The suggestion that the higher judiciary is unresponsive to public sentiment — an important element in democratic functioning — has been frequently heard, and not merely from the lips of those who...
By Swapan Dasgupta

India  /  Published 17.10.18

Sabarimala protest turns violent

Women journalists were heckled, their vehicles smashed and young female Ayyappa devotees turned back as hordes of Hindu right activists besieged the road leading to the Sabarimala temple whose gates o...
By PTI in Thiruvananthapuram

India  /  Published 06.11.18

Sabarimala age mix-up: 52-year-old woman stopped

Nearly 200 frenzied devotees tried to prevent a 52-year-old woman from entering the Lord Ayyappa temple on Tuesday, prompting police to register cases against them.Lalitha Ravi showed her Aadhaar card...
By PTI in Sabarimala


India  /  Published 07.11.18

Suspected Sabarimala assaulter arrested

A 29-year-old man was on Wednesday arrested in connection with the alleged assault on a woman pilgrim at the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, suspecting her to be of childbearing age. Sooraj, from Elanth...
By PTI in Thiruvananthapuram

India  /  Published 21.10.18

Sabari ‘devotees’ turn back 6 women

“Devotees” of celibate god Ayyappa stopped six women from visiting the Sabarimala temple on Sunday as the stand-off over the entry of women in the menstruating age group of 10 to 50 continued amid...
By PTI in Kerala

India  /  Published 20.10.18

‘Rain’ holds up woman’s trek to Sabarimala

Police persuaded a thirty-something Dalit woman activist on Saturday to withhold her plan to visit the Sabarimala shrine, citing heavy rain, a day after a Kerala minister said only devotees and not ac...
By PTI in Kerala

Opinion  /  Published 03.12.18

Ayyappa’s devotees are of diverse genders

Lord Ayyappa, the deity of the Sabarimala temple, “is very popular with the third sex”, asserts Viraj Shah in her book, Meaning and Myths of Icons. Ayyappa, who is believed to protect the cosmos f...
By Sankar Ray

Opinion  /  Published 03.12.18

A debate on constitutional morality

Debates have gone out of fashion in Parliament. That is one of the markers of the decline of democratic political culture in India; the place of debates has been taken by shouting, rushing about and w...
By The Editorial Board


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