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Sabarimala tantric gets 15days extension to explain purification rituals

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.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 21 Jan 2019 7:53 AM GMT

Sabarimala tantric gets 15days extension to explain purification rituals
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Thiruvananthapuram: The Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), on Monday has extended the time given to temple tantric, Kantararu Rajeeveru to explain why a "purification" ritual was conducted after two women devotees entered Lord Ayyappa shrine, on Jan 2,2019.

"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.

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Padmakumar also said, "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"

The temple was shut for an hour around 10.30 a.m., on January 2, for "purification rituals" after Kerala 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.

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.

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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.

Confirming the entry of Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini then, the CM 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.

On January 2,2019, Bindu Ammini(42), and Kanakadurga (44), defying the centuries-old-customs, reached the hill top at 3:30 am and offered their prayers there, later, the news of two women entering temple spread like a jungle fire, triggering widespread outrage and protests across the state.

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Saima Siddiqui

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