Monday 1 October 2018 12:56 AM UTC
KOCHI Oct 1: Travancore Devaswom Board president A Padmakumar on Sunday said “real women devotees” of Lord Ayyappa are unlikely to visit the Sabarimala temple and only “women activists” will undertake the pilgrimage.
“During the last annual pilgrim season, devotees had to stand in queue for over 17 continuous hours on a particular day due to the unprecedented rush,” Padmakumar told PTI.
The TDB chief said the real devotees who respect the traditions and rituals of Sabarimala and know the circumstances there were not likely to visit the shrine.
“Only some women activists are expected to trek the holy hill in the name of the verdict,” he said.
The TDB, however, will provide all possible facilities for women devotees who will reach the shrine from October 16, when it opens for this year’s three month long annual pilgrimage season, Mr. Padmakumar said.
It will be very difficult and challenging for the Board to provide any special amenities for devotees in the present context, he said.
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