Devotees recognised us but did not protest, says Bindu
Pathanamthitta: Bindu, one of the women who had darshan at Sabarimala temple, stated that devotees in the temple recognised them as women of menstrual age who are barred to enter the temple as per the customs. She noted that though most of the devotees recognised them, they did not make any attempts to protest.
Responding to Mathrubhumi News, Bindu stated that she was accompanied by Kanakadurga and both of them were in women attire.
“We requested for police protection when we arrived at Pampa. As per this, police had given all protection to trek the shrine,” said Bindu.
The two women trekked to the hill shrine at 1.30 am on Wendesday from Pampa. They arrived at the Sannidhanam by 3.30 in the morning,
Two women, Kanakadurga, 42, and Bindu, 44, also claimed that they had entered the holy shrine of Lord Ayyappa. They made efforts to enter the shrine in December 24 but had to return due to protests.
As per news reports, the women trekked to the hill shrine early early Wednesday. The video showed them entering the shrine, wearing black clothes, with their heads covered.
Bindu, a college lecturer and CPI(ML) activist from Kozhikode district's Koyilandy, and Kanakadurga, a civil supplies employee from Angadipuram in Malappuram, had come to Sabarimala on December 24 after 11 women activists of a Chennai-based outfit were prevented from reaching the shrine and chased away by devotees chanting Ayyappa mantras.
Police collect details
The police sources in Thiruvananthapuram, quoting DGP Loknath Behara, said details were being collected on the issue.
TDB claims no information about the entry
Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) President A Padmakumar said he had no information about the two women offering prayers at the temple.
TDB officials have been asked to view CCTV footage to verify their claim, he said.
The temple had witnessed protests from frenzied devotees over the entry of women in the 10-50 age group in the shrine after the CPI(M)-led LDF government decided to implement a Supreme Court order allowing women of all age to offer prayers there.
The main opposition Congress-led UDF and the BJP have been opposing the entry of young women, saying they are with the devotees.
(with added inputs from PTI)