Sabarimala

  • Kerala: Sabarimala pilgrimage continues amid hiccups 20-11-2012 02:32 PM

    Sabarimala: Five days after the Sabarimala pilgrimage season opened, some unsavoury reports about prasadam and fleecing of pilgrims have come in, but administrators say it is just media sensationalism. As one climbs the hill from the base point at Pamba to reach the temple atop, traditional crackers being burst is...
  • Kerala: Special railway counter for Sabarimala pilgrims 19-11-2012 11:57 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Southern Railway has opened a reservation counter at Pampa on the foothills of Sabarimala to serve devotees visiting the hill shrine, where the annual pilgrim season is underway. A divisional railway release on Monday said the single window counter for ticket booking, cancellation and fare related enquiries would function...
  • Kerala: Sabarimala pilgrimage to begin on Friday 15-11-2012 11:03 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The famous Sabarimala temple pilgrimage season is all set to begin when the sanctum sanctorum opens in the early hours of Friday. The pilgrimage season coincides with the first day of Malayalam month 'Vrishickam' (this year it falls on Nov 16). Situated on the mountain ranges of the Western...
  • Kerala: Govindan Nair sworn in as TDB president 12-11-2012 04:09 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Former Kerala Minister M P Govindan Nair was on Monday sworn in as the new president of the Travancore Devaswom Board at a function here. The TDB administers temples, including the Lord Ayappa shrine at Sabarimala, in the Travancore region. V Subhash was sworn in as the second member...
  • Kerala keen on convincing people of TN: Chandy 23-12-2011 03:59 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is keenly pursuing measures to make people in Tamil Nadu aware of the earnest attempts being made by the Kerala Government to ensure waters from Mullaperiyar to that state, even while raising the demand for a new dam, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said. He said that...
  • An eventful year for Kerala 20-12-2011 12:14 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: It was an eventful year for Kerala as the Congress-led UDF voted out the LDF while discovery of treasures in the vaults of the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple drew worldwide attention to 'God's own country' even as tension with Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar Dam escalated. A gruesome stampede...
  • Border tension: TDB to seek Chandy's help 17-12-2011 07:49 AM

    Sabarimala: Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) president M Rajagopalan Nair would seek Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's assistance to take up the issue of safety and smooth passage of Sabarimala pilgrims through the border check-posts with his counterpart in Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa. Talking to newsmen in Sabarimala on Wednesday, Rajagopalan Nair...
  • Additional trains for Sabarimala season 24-11-2011 08:42 AM

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In view of the Sabarimala pilgrimage season, the Southern Railways have announced additional Sabarimala/ Winter Special trains. Certain trains have also been sanctioned temporary stops at Chengannur and Thiruvalla till January 19, 2012, said an official release here on Wednesday. Advance reservation for the additional Sabari/ Winter special trains...
  • Airline separates Ayyappa devotees from Irumudis 22-11-2011 09:47 AM

    CHENNAI: Just as the Sabarimala pilgrim season is gaining momentum, a group of Ayyappa devotees were taken aback at the airporthere when they were reportedly not allowed to carry their irumudis (kit with offerings for the deity) on a Kochi flight by the Jet Airways staff. Santhanam, along with eight...
  • Sabarimala pilgrimage begins in Kerala 17-11-2011 02:39 PM

    Sabarimala: The Sabarimala pilgrimage in Kerala, during which over 100 pilgrims were killed in a stampede early this year, began early on Thursday morning as the sanctum sanctorum of the famed temple here was opened. At 3 a.m. sharp on the first day of Malayalam month Vrishickam, temple melshanthi N....
  • Sabarimala: City Corporation makes arrangements 17-11-2011 08:57 AM

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the flow of Sabarimala pilgrims to the city set to begin from next week, the City Corporation has come up with elaborate arrangements with regard to parking and other amenities. Mayor K Chandrika told a press conference here on Wednesday that the parking for buses carrying pilgrims which...
  • Sabarimala pilgrimage to begin today 17-11-2011 06:20 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Lord Ayyapa temple in Sabarimala will open its doors for the two-month long pilgrimage season on Thursday. But the memory of Pulmedu stampede in January that killed 100 people still looms large. The Kerala government has put in place a new security manual based on the recommendations of...
  • Sabarimala: Kerala to rather be safe than sorry 15-11-2011 12:30 PM

    Sabarimala: Haunted by last season's tragedy which left over 100 pilgrims dead in a stampede, a cautious Kerala government has come up with a new footpath, a bridge and a slew of measures to decongest the route leading to the Sabarimala temple this year. The two-month-long festival season is set...
  • New chief priest for Sabarimala temple 18-10-2011 05:04 PM

    Sabarimala: Ahead of the upcoming pilgrim season, Balamurali Namboodiri of Edamana Illam was on Tuesday selected as the 'melsanthi' (head priest) of the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple. T K Eswaran Namboodiri of Attukal was selected as the head priest of the adjoining Malikappuram Devi temple. Both the priests would continue for...
  • Sabarimala Melsanthi selection under suspicion 18-10-2011 11:08 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The selection process for appointing the next melsanthi of Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple has come under a cloud of suspicion with the list of shortlisted candidates published by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) after the interview contradicting with the official list signed by TDB Secretary PR Anitha. The draw...
  • File petition on Makara Jyothi in high court: SC 26-02-2011 08:02 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking directions to the Kerala government and the Sabarimala Shrine Board to stop defrauding devotees by presenting 'Makara Jyothi' as a divine miracle, saying the matter can be raised in the state high court. The apex court bench of Chief Justice...
  • Kerala HC seeks explanation on 'Makara Jyothi' 11-02-2011 02:46 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court has asked various departments to file explanation on Makaravilakku controversy within a month. Kerala forest officials had filed a detailed report on the Sabarimala tragedy in the High Court. Earlier the High Court had directed forest officials to produce documents showing the precautionary measures taken...
  • 'Makara Jyothi' is artificial: temple board 31-01-2011 06:26 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Seeking to downplay the debate over 'Makara Jyothi' of Sabarimala temple, Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) on Monday said it was known to most believers that it was a man lit-fire, but there was a Hindu belief behind it. "It is known to everybody that Makara Jyothi is a fire...
  • India at 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai 27-01-2011 11:42 PM

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  • Sabarimala Makara Jyothi man-made or divine? 27-01-2011 11:12 PM

    On Talking Point, Rajdeep Sardesai asks, 'Is Sabarimala Makara Jyothi man-made or divine?' ...
  • 'Makarajyothi' at sabarimala divine or not? 27-01-2011 10:42 PM

    New Delhi: The Kerala government on Thursday told the High Court here that it does not propose to conduct any kind of probe into whether the light visible from the Sabarimala shrine was a celestial phenomenon or man-made as the issue is a matter of faith for millions of devotees....
  • Sabarimala: Forest dept to file detailed report 24-01-2011 05:52 PM

    Kochi: Kerala HIgh court on Monday directed the head of the Special Team of forest department, appointed to provide assistance to the devotees at Uppupara in Pulmedu, to give a detailed report by Feb 11 on the Jan 14 stampede that claimed the lives of 102 pilgrims. A division bench...
  • Kerala govt files affidavit on Sabarimala tragedy 21-01-2011 12:18 PM

    New Delhi: The Left Front government in Kerala, headed by VS Achuthanandan, on Friday, filed an affidavit in the High Court on the Sabarimala tragedy that happened last week. In its affidavit, the government said that it will bring into effect a permanent system to ensure the safety of the...
  • India at 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai 20-01-2011 11:48 PM

    Catch all the top stories of the day with CNN-IBN Editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai on 'India at 9' ...
  • Sabarimala: Departments blame each other 20-01-2011 11:37 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Nearly a week after the Sabarimala temple targedy that killed over a 100 people, various government departments in Kerala are fighting over allocating responsibility for the stampede. The forest department, the police and the Dewoswam board in separate reports have all blamed each other. This comes on a day...
  • Govt not to probe veracity of 'Makaravilakku' 20-01-2011 01:01 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Amid a debate over the truth of 'Makarajyoti', held as a divine light by millions of Ayyappa devotees, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan on Thursday said the Government was not going to probe whether it was a divine phenomenon or man-lit exercise as essentially the whole issue was...
  • Sabarimala probe report: blame game begins 20-01-2011 10:43 AM

    New Delhi: Kerala DGP Jacob Punnose and Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) submitted reports on Sabarimala stampede tragedy that claimed lives of 102 pilgrims in the Kerala high court on Thursday. The police report says that they did their best despite constraints as they did not have permission to make specific...