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Two Women Below 50 Years Of Age Create History By Entering Sabarimala Temple

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| January 2 , 2019 , 10:21 IST

Two women below the age of 50, Bindu and Kanakadurga, managed to enter the Sabarimala shrine and perform darshan, as per reports at 3:45 am Wednesday.

A recording of their entry into the shrine had surfaced the internet. According to the video footage, the women did not climb the sacred 18 steps, used by pilgrims who take the 41-day vow and carry the sacred offering of ‘irumudikettu‘.

Instead, they took a side entrance, used by VIPs and the media, which gets them directly in front of the sopanam and into the sanctum of the temple.

The women were protected by a small group of policemen, both in uniform and plainclothes.

The two women had tried to climb up to Sabarimala in the last week of December but had been blocked by massive protests.

The women have created history since they were the first to enter the Sabarimala temple after the Supreme Court in September last year allowed women of all ages to pray, to overturn the centuries-old ban against those menstruating. Before them, no women between the age of 10 and 50 could enter the temple amid protests by devotees.

According to media reports, the president of the Travancore Devasom Board, which runs the temple, A Padmakumar said he came to know about it through media reports. He said the board will examine CCTV visuals.

The tantri or the supreme priest of the temple Rajeevaru Kandararu said he will comment only after confirming the incident.