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Women can now Wear Churidars to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala

A few years back, the Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayoor also allowed entry of churidar-wearing women

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Entrance to Padmanabhaswamy temple at Thiruvanthapuram. Wikimedia Commons

Thiruvananthapuram, November 30, 2016: The administration of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here has informed the Kerala High Court that it had decided to let women wearing ‘churidar’ enter it.

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Speaking to IANS, its Executive Officer K.N. Satish said the high court had asked him to take the decision based on a petition.

“I informed the court yesterday (on Monday) that women can enter the temple in churidar,” he said.

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The famed temple that shot into international fame since 2011 after it was found to have a treasure estimated to be in excess of one lakh crores, stacked in five vaults.

The customary dress code for women entering the temple is they should cover their dress using a dhoti or a saree and this was challenged by woman advocate Riya Raji.

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A few years back, the Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayoor also allowed entry of churidar-wearing women. (IANS)

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Kerala HC rejects top advocate Udayabhanu’s bail plea

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Kerala HC rejects top advocate Udayabhanu's bail plea

Kochi, Oct 31 (IANS) The Kerala High Court on Tuesday rejected an anticipatory bail plea by top advocate C.P. Udayabhanu over his alleged role in the murder of a real estate broker in September.

The police has arraigned him as an accused in the case.

A single bench of the High Court while rejecting his plea, observed that none was “above the law”. It also rejected his counsel’s argument that Udayabhanu “will submit himself” before the probe team.

The court pointed out that the custody of Udayabhanu was “most needed”.

The case pertains to the murder of a real estate broker at Chalakkudy near here in September.

Soon after the murder took place, the police arrested four persons. During the course of investigation, the police found out Udayabhanu’s alleged role, forcing him to approach the court.

With his plea getting rejected, the police are making all efforts to arrest him at the earliest. Udayabhanu is all set to approach the Supreme Court with a new anticipatory bail plea.(IANS)

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Roman-Catholic Singer K.J Yesudas Gets Permission to Pray at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

As per the tradition of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, anyone who believes in Hinduism is given permission to pray

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram, India. Wikimedia

Thiruvananthapuram, September 19, 2017 : Legendary playback singer K.J. Yesudas has been given permission to pray at the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here on the occasion of Vijayadashami, a member of the erstwhile Travancore Royal family said on Monday.

As per the tradition of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, anyone who believes in Hinduism is given permission to pray. Yesudas, born to a Roman Catholic family, in a letter sent through a special messenger to the temple authorities, sought permission to pray. The issue was discussed by the temple on Monday and the permission was granted.

Vijayadashami falls on September 30, and Yesudas will also render a song that day at the temple.

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K.J. Yesudas is a renowned Indian playback singer. Wikimedia

Speaking to IANS, Aditya Varma of the royal family, confirmed that the executive committee meeting of the temple has given permission for Yesudas to pray at the temple.

“He has to follow all the rules and regulations stipulated and if he does that he can come and pray,” said Varma.

The representative of the royal family is a member of the temple committee.

Yesudas has always said that despite singing numerous songs on Lord Guruvayoorappan, he is yet to see the deity at the famed Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayoor in Thrissur district, as the temple bars non-Hindus from entering.

Yesudas in his signing career, that has entered its 56th year, has recorded more than 100,000 songs 14 languages.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1975, Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2017. (IANS)

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Eight Antique Diamonds Missing from the Idol in Padmanabhaswamy Temple

This is the second theft to be reported from Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in 10 months

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple witnesses second theft in the same year
Eight antique diamonds missing from Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. Wikimedia Commons
  • Eight antique diamonds of an idol at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple have been missing
  • The crime branch of Kerala police is investigating the theft
  • A petition has been asked for the formation of a separate body for the management of the temple

Kerala, July 13, 2017: Eight antique diamonds of the Sree Padmanabha Swamy idol, in the eponymous temple in Thiruvananthapuram, have been missing and the alleged theft is being investigated by the crime branch of the Kerala police, the amicus curiae reported to the Supreme Court.

The issue was raised before a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud by senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who is assisting as an amicus curiae in the matter. Gopal Subramanium informed the Supreme Court about the role of the missing diamonds as an important part of the daily rituals.

10 months ago, a special audit report by Vinod Rai committee discovered that gold worth Rs 189 crore had mysteriously disappeared from the temple’s cellars. Asked by the court to audit the temple’s famed treasures, Rai said 769 gold pots were missing. Questions over the management of the temple dedicated to Lord Padmanabha have been raised.

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Subramanium told the apex court that KN Satheesh, the temple’s outgoing executive officer, reported about the missing diamonds, which according to the report, were kept in cellars near the sanctum sanctorum, in May 2017. The stones are officially valued at over Rs 21 lakh, however, Subramanium believes they were worth much more owing to their antiquity.

“The missing diamonds” were first mentioned in August 2015, the amicus came to know while checking the temple treasurer records. The same case was reported again by a priest in March 2017 and a FIR was registered in August in regard to the same.

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The amicus highlighted that the Administrative Committee never pressed for an in-depth inquiry into the case of the missing stones and, instead, used “vague expressions” in order to convince that the diamonds were only “damaged”, and not lost.

A petition has been asked in the Supreme Court in favor of the formation of a separate body for the management of the temple, as its riches were being plundered.

The sprawling temple was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century by the Travancore Royal House which ruled southern Kerala and some adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu before integration of the princely state with the Indian Union in 1947.

-by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter: goel_samiksha