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Sabarimala Temple Dedicates Monday Meals to wish for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s Recovery

The four meals on Monday will be served free of cost to pilgrims, Travancore Devasom Board member Ajay Tharayil

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December 5, 2016: The famed Sabarimala temple has dedicated free meals to around 75,000 pilgrims on Monday to wish for the speedy recovery of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, a senior temple official said.

The four meals on Monday will be served free of cost to pilgrims, Travancore Devasom Board member Ajay Tharayil told IANS.

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“A breakfast of upma and curry was followed by a vegetarian lunch. In dinner, ‘kanji’ or a rice gruel along with pulses will be served, apart from a late night meal session,” said Tharayil.

“There seems to be a huge rush of pilgrims from Tamil Nadu today (Monday),” added Tharayil.

Jayalalithaa had suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. She “continues to be very critical”, Apollo Hospitals in Chennai said on Monday.

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The food is served to 2,000 devotees at the temple compound on a hill top and another 1,000 at a hall at the foothill in Pamba.

Pilgrims pay money to the temple board, whose officials oversee cooking and serving of food to pilgrims.

“We have offered special prayers for our Amma (Jayalalithaa). We wish her to get well to resume governance of our state, which has progressed well under her,” said a group of pilgrims from Tamil Nadu.

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Situated in the mountains of the Western Ghats, the Sabarimala temple is four km uphill of Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, around 100 km from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is accessible only on foot from Pamba. (IANS)

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Sabarimala Tantri Gets More Time to Explain Purification Rituals

Vijayan had said that Rajeeveru has every right as a person to differ with the court order but if he was not able to digest the verdict, he could well have quit his post

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Sabarimala temple custodian, the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), on Monday extended time to Tantri Kantararu Rajeeveru to explain why a “purification” ritual was conducted following the visit of two women devotees to the Lord Ayyappa shrine just after New Year, said a board official.

“Till Sunday he was at Sabarimala. Now that he is free, he might have to take opinion from others before he gives his reply. So we gave him another 15 days time,” TDB president A. Padmakumar told the media here.

“Generally when a normal purification ritual is done, the tantri does not need to take the permission of the TDB, but what happened on January 2, was not a normal one,” Padmakumar added.

The temple was shut for an hour around 10.30 a.m., on January 2, for “purification rituals” after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed two women — Bindu Ammini and Kanaka Durga, belonging to the hitherto banned age group — completed a ‘darshan’ at 3.30 a.m. in Sabarimala.

“We have asked for an explanation from him (Rajeeveru), why the TDB permission was not sought,” said Padmakumar.

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On January 4, after serving the notice to the tantri, Padmakumar said the purification ritual went against the directive of the Supreme Court that on September 28 allowed all women entry inside the shrine.

Action against the tantri for closing the shrine to conduct the “purification” ritual would depend on his explanation of the action, especially as Vijayan had asked the TDB to take a serious look into the matter.

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Confirming the entry of Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini then, the Chief Minister had said that the state abided by the apex court directive and had come down heavily on the tantri for the blatant violation.

Vijayan had said that Rajeeveru has every right as a person to differ with the court order but if he was not able to digest the verdict, he could well have quit his post. (IANS)