TN native trespasses Ponnambalamedu and performs puja; booked

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Sabarimala: The forest department has registered a case against a Tamil Nadu man, who allegedly trespassed and performed ‘puja’ at Ponnambalamedu, a mountain peak in the Western Ghats in Pathanamthitta. The forest department's move came after the visuals of the puja surfaced on social media. The trespasser has been identified as Narayanan, a native of Chennai. The person has served as an assistant of a Keezhshanthi at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple.

Ponnambalamedu is a region that completely falls under the control of the forest department. The visuals also show the puja was conducted at the platform on which the sacred light ‘Makara Vilakku’ is lit annually.

Meanwhile, no other details about the controversial puja are not yet available.

Devaswom board president K Ananthagopan informed that complaints have been lodged to the police and forest department chiefs.

Devaswom board members alleged that the suspect had done many other frauds during his stint at Sabarimala temple. Police caught him for travelling in a vehicle displaying the board of tantri. He is also accused of rendering fake receipts of puja materials.

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