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Kerala jaggery not ‘lifted’ from Sabari


The ‘substandard’ jaggery for preparation of ‘Aravanaprasadam’ at Sabarimala remains stay put, as there is no move to destroy the material even as it is suspected to be harmful for consumption.


Sabarimala as national pilgrim centre?

The All India Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Samajam has urged the Centre to declare Sabarimala as a national pilgrim centre, so that the provision of basic amenities for pilgrims will become statutory and c

Sabarimala to open on Monday for annual festival

Sabarimala is all set for a 10-day annual festival. The shrine will be opened on Monday by Thanthri Kandararu Maheswararu accompanied by Melsanthi Balamurali.

The flag hoisting ceremony, to mark the

You saw makaravilakku; now meet the man who lit it!


The ugly stampede that killed over 100 Sabari pilgrims at Pulmedu on January 14, 2011 is still a painful memory.

But for the divinity attached to the makaravilakku, this tragedy could have been aver

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

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

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