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Thousands witness Makarajyothi


Tens of thousands of devotees from different parts of the country on Sunday evening witnessed ‘Makarajyothi’, the auspicious celestial star, and ‘Makaravilakku’, which marked the finale of the two-mon

Decline in Sabarimala pilgrim flow on Makaravilakku eve


The Lord Ayyappa temple here is witnessing an unusually low flow of pilgrims this Makaravilakku season and one of the reasons being attributed for it is the admission of Travancore Devaswom Board that

Confusion at Sabarimala after devotees ‘see’ Makaravilakku

It was confusion all around at the Sabarimala temple and its premises on Saturday evening as thousands of pilgrims offered prayers as twice ‘lights’ were seen lit up the Punnambalamedu at around 6.40

In Sabarimala, a season of crowds, snakes and pickpockets


Last year, this place suffered a terrible tragedy when 102 people died in a stampede. But pilgrims are still thronging the Sabarimala temple, the revered Hindu shrine situated in the Western Ghats in

Two women officers enter banned area

Two women civil police officers created controversy after allegedly climbing Neelimala early Monday, violating the Sabarimala tradition. Ms Sheeja Beegum and Ms Divya were part of a 12-member civil police team that was deployed at Pamba to prevent women aged between 10 and 50 entering Sabarimala.

Women constables in Sabarimala row

Two women police constables, carrying out their duties, find themselves in the eye of a storm and being accused of violating Sabarimala tradition by climbing Neelimala, a ritual reserved only for men

Russian devotee wants Ayyappa temple on home ground


Petukhova alias Induchoodan from St. Petersburg wants to construct a temple devoted to Lord Ayyappa on his home ground.

Petukhova, who became a Hindu and changed his name to Induchoodan (meaning Lord

Sabari: Tight vigil against Maoists, Tigers in disguise


Vigilance and police personnel are keeping a close watch on people with fake or invalid police clearance certificate (PCC) coming to take up jobs in Sannidhanam following an intelligence report of pos

NDF members try entering Sabarimala in disguise; Cops free them later


Police allegedly set free members of National Development Front (NDF) who made a bid to enter Sabarimala.

NDF is alleged to have links with Pakistan's ISI and has been under the watch of Union home

Sabarimala Makarajyothi on Jan. 15


This season’s ‘Makarajyothi’ will be observed at the Lord Ayyappa temple on January 15, a day later than the usual time of the festival being celebrated every year, even as tight security measures are

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