Ayyappa Seva Sangham urges govt to withdraw affidavit

via www.newindpress.com published on March 3, 2008

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangham has urged the State Government to withdraw the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court favouring removal of the ban on the entry of women in the restricted age of 10 and 50 years of age at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple.

The Ayyappa Seva Sangham working committee meeting held at Thiruvananthapuram chaired by president Thennala Balakrishna Pillai pointed out that the Government should not interfere with temple customs and practices, sangham vice-president D Vijayakumar said.

Temple customs and practices should come under the purview of the devotees and thantris, Vijayakumar said.

An Ayyappa Seva Sangham team led by president Thennala Balakrishna Pilllai would submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister seeking steps to declare Sabarimala as a national pilgrim centre.

The sangham would approach the Prime Minister and the Environment and Forest Minister for delinking Sabarimala from Periyar Tiger Reserve.
 

 
 
 

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