It is a historic day in Sabarimala temple as it has opened its door to women of all ages to enter the shrine after the controversial Supreme Court verdict on September 28. Amid growing protests and commotion, young women devotees are attempting to climb the steps of the temple.
A number of policemen have been deployed at the temple to allow safe passage for women devotees. Despite this mounting opposition, a woman named Madhavi managed to reach the temple, but was stopped at the steps by the those opposed to women's entry into Sabarimala.
The policemen have been deployed at the Pathanamthitta bus stand to control the crowd.
Tension seems to be growing in Pathanamthitta district, especially in the areas of Nilakkal and Pamba, the routes to reach Sabarimala temple. Several women devotees, who were stopped at many areas, had to beat a hasty retreat fearing the mob.
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