The Apex Court’s verdict on Sabarimala temple, which vanished the prohibition of females’ entry in the temple belonging to particular age group, had ignited anguish in hundreds of Ayyappa devotees, including women. The devotees blocked state and national highways in various parts of Kerala on Tuesday, reflecting anger on the judgment made by the Supreme court.

The Top court made a historic judgement and permitted women of all ages to worship at Sabarimala.

The ‘Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad’ (International Hindu organisation), an outfit launched and managed by Praveen Togadia also launched the protest.
The protest in the state capital sought the collection of activists on the road at Killipalam from 11 AM to 12 AM. Activists were chanting Ayyappa mantras but allowed ambulances and vehicles carrying patients to pass.

One of the female activist named Ambili from Idukki tried to burn herself by splashing petrol over herself but was immediately stopped by police.

On October 28, the Supreme court’s five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra vanished the prohibition on entry of women of menstrual age into the temple.

The activists demanded the state and central government to come up with suitable legislation and said that the court was not bigger than Lord Ayyappa through the posters.

The protests were carried out at different places in the state, the Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi carried the protest under the leadership of the Pandalam Royal family in Pandalam in Pathanamthitta district on Tuesday. They even observed it as ‘Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana’ (Save Lord Ayyappa) day.

President of Ayyappa Dharma Sena, Rahul Easwar also carried out a protest against the verdict from Hanuman Kovil to Palayam.

The activists blocked the roads at Alappuzha, Kollam,Palakkad, and Kochi to show anguish against the verdict.

Whereas a protest was also observed from the medical mission junction to the Pandalam Ayyappa temple. The protest was joined by thousands of people, including women and activists chanted ‘Ayyappa Sarnam’ and asked for a review of the Supreme Court’s decision.

The Pandalam Palace Nirvahaka Sangam reject the social media reports which claimed that they would not hand over the “thiruvabharanam” (sacred ornaments worn by Lord Ayyappa) to temple authorities during the Makaravilakku festival to reflect anger and protest against the court verdict.
The AHP even informed that they would initiate to take signatures from devotees visiting temples against the judgement of the apex court.