Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple| First Season of Pilgrimage is coming to an end soon| Huge rush of Devotees at the hill shrine this season
Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple: The famous hill shrine of Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa in the southern state of Kerala witnessed huge rush of devotees during the 41-days- long first season (Mandala Kalam) this year that is going to be over soon. The second season begins after a short break will last for another fortnight ( Until the Makara Sankranti).
The growing number of devotees this year has only reflected the unrelenting Ayyppa Bhakti of people despite the recent controversies.
Moreover, the Supreme Court’s refusal to pass an order on a plea of two women seeking security to enter the Sabarimala temple has also boosted the enthusiasm of the devotees. According to reports, the temple’s revenue from donations crossed the Rs.100 crore- mark in 28 days This compared with about Rs.64 crore during the same period last year.
Lord Ayyappa Temple: Supreme Court verdict
The last year’ s pilgrimage season was full of disturbances and restrictions following the Supreme court verdict allowing women of all ages enter the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple. A vast majority of devotees were agitated claiming that it was in violation of the traditional faith and practice.
Luckily, now the case will be heard by a larger bench of seven judges. This development was a great relief not only for the devotees but also for the state government.
Unlike last year, the State government said it won’t provide protection to women to enter the Lord Ayyappa temple and would wait for the seven-judge bench to give its verdict on the issue. It was against this decision by the state government that the two women moved the petition seeking protection to visit the shrine.
While refusing to pass any order, the Court said it did not “want any violence at this stage” since the issue had been referred to a larger bench.