Sabarimala

  • Kerala: Zoology professor builds homes for poor February 5, 2013

    Pathanamthitta: Dr M S Sunil is a zoology professor at the Catholicate College in Kerala's small town of Pathanamthitta but what she does is much more than just teaching. It started a few years ago when she decided to build a home for one one of her students who lived...
  • Railways asks devotees to not take bath in coaches December 11, 2012

    Coimbatore: Southern Railways on Tuesday joined issue with a section of Lord Ayyappa devotees, who protested over water shortage at the Erode Station, and said the allegation of water shortage and stoppage of trains arose only during the Sabarimala season. In a release, Salem Division PRO GV Venkatesan said even though...
  • 35,000 bags of garbage collected in Sabarimala clean-up November 29, 2012

    Sabarimala: As the popularity of the famous Hindu temple at Sabarimala increases with each year, authorities are faced with a huge garbage problem. This year, 35,000 big bags of garbage were taken out from the shrine complex and the foothills in a massive clean-up operation initiated by by the Mata...
  • Kerala: Sabarimala pilgrimage continues amid hiccups November 20, 2012

    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 November 19, 2012

    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 from...
  • Kerala: Sabarimala pilgrimage to begin on Friday November 15, 2012

    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 November 12, 2012

    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: TDB directed to provide fencing at Sabarimala September 6, 2012

    Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the Travancore Devaswom Board to take steps to provide suitable fencing at the entrance to the Nadappanthal at Sabarimala. A Division Bench comprising Justice Thottathil Radhakrishnan and Justice A V Ramakrishna Pillai issued the directive while considering a report of the Devaswom...
  • Kochi: Shobha John found guilty in Thantri case August 8, 2012

    Kochi: Bringing to an end the six-year-old controversial episode, the Ernakulam Additional Sessions Court on Tuesday found Shobha John and eight others guilty in the blackmailing of former Sabarimala Thantri Kandararu Mohanaru. The sentence will be pronounced on Wednesday. The prosecution had submitted that the accused had hatched a conspiracy...
  • Sabarimala case: HC lets off actress Jayamala July 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The Kerala High Court on Friday quashed all charges against Kannada actress Jayamala and astrologer Unnikrishnan in the 2006 Sabrimala case. Jayamala was accused of touching the Sabarimala deity, in violation of temple traditions and offending religious sentiments. The court ruled that the charges were legally invalid. ...
  • Fun and fervour mark Vishu in Kerala April 14, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Devout Hindus here on Saturday heralded Vishu, the Kerala new year, with traditional cultural fervour with people visiting temples in the morning. Crowds gathered at the famed Sabarimala, Guruvayoor, Sree Padmanabha Swamy temples since early morning. The most important event of the day starts with the 'Vishukani darshan' ,...
  • Kerala keen on convincing people of TN: Chandy December 23, 2011

    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...
  • An eventful year for Kerala December 20, 2011

    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 December 17, 2011

    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 said...
  • Additional trains for Sabarimala season November 24, 2011

    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 November 22, 2011

    CHENNAI: Just as the Sabarimala pilgrim season is gaining momentum, a group of Ayyappa devotees were taken aback at the airport here 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 November 17, 2011

    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 November 17, 2011

    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 November 17, 2011

    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 November 15, 2011

    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 October 18, 2011

    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 one year...
  • Sabarimala Melsanthi selection under suspicion October 18, 2011

    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 of...
  • File petition on Makara Jyothi in high court: SC February 26, 2011

    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 SH...
  • Kerala HC seeks explanation on 'Makara Jyothi' February 11, 2011

    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 for the...
  • 'Makara Jyothi' is artificial: temple board January 31, 2011

    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 January 27, 2011

    Catch all the top stories of the day with CNN-IBN Editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai on 'India at 9'. ...
  • Sabarimala Makara Jyothi man-made or divine? January 27, 2011

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

    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. The...
  • Sabarimala: Forest dept to file detailed report January 24, 2011

    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. ...
  • Kerala govt files affidavit on Sabarimala tragedy January 21, 2011

    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 pilgrims....