(PTI INputs) The Sabarimala Temple and it’s adjoining base camps of Nilackal and Pamba remained largely peaceful and free of violence. The temple doors would close at 10 pm Tuesday bringing to an end the two-day rituals of the ‘Chithira atta vishesham’ held to celebrate the birthday of the last king of Travancore, Chithira Thirunal Rama Varma.
The police presence was strengthened especially on Tuesday anticipating violence if women between the age of 10 and 50 climb the hill. A woman in her late 20s had approached the police late Monday with her husband and two children to go to the shrine. But considering the security implications, the police requested them to return to which they eventually agreed after hours of discussions.
On Tuesday, Hindu outfits affiliated to the Sangh Parivar conducted namajapam (prayer) sessions both at the Pamba base camp as well as at the Sannidhanam. BJp leaders like PK Krishnadas, AN Radhakrishnan, MT Ramesh attended these prayer sessions. There were large groups of such pilgrims at Sannidhabam as well as the way to the shrine ostensibly to counter any move to allow women of menstruating age.
Valsan Thillankeri, a prominent RSS leader from Kannur who was at Sabarimala over the last two days, had said that devotees would ‘naturally react’ if there’s a ‘violation of traditions.