In what can be a sensational development, 2 women from Kerala claimed to have entered into famous Sabarimala Temple and reportedly offered prayers with the help of police. This is after Supreme Court's verdict to allow women in restricted ages inside temple and offer prayers. Even as devotees of Lord Ayyappa severely objected the court's verdict and tried to oppose women's entry, finally two women below 50 managed to enter the Temple and offered the prayers.
After this shocking incident, Temple shrine has shut down its premises for "Purification". Two women Bindu and Kanakadurga had told local media that they had Temple Darshan on Wednesday (2nd Jan, 2019) in the wee hours (around 3.30 AM). The two women were below 50. The women said to have avoided the traditional Pathinettam Padi route and the 18 holy steps, and also had come discreetly.
Bindu and Kanakadurga told media that they got all support from police for darshan and it was a smooth and hassle-free darshan in the early morning of Wednesday. The women devotees claimed that none of the devotees who were present have opposed their entry. While local police personnel hasn't confirmed, top police officials have confirmed the Darshan of Bindu and Kanakadurga. Learning about this, the temple has been shut down.
Earlier, over a dozen women had made unsuccessful attempt into temple before Wednesday. Travancore Devaswom Board said it had no information about the visit of Bindu and Kanakadurga. It said it hadn't got prior information from Police.