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Sabarimala Issue

Devotees stage a protest at Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district. A video journalist was injured at the temple during clashes over reports of a woman below 50 attempting to enter the temple.

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Devotees stage a protest at Sabarimala temple after a woman who reached near the 18 holy steps of the hilltop shrine was heckled by agitators over her age, at Sabarimala, in Pathanamthitta district.

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Devotees carrying customary offerings on their heads, wait to worship at the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest pilgrimage sites in Kerala.

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Devotees carrying customary offerings on their heads, queue up to worship at the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest pilgrimage sites in Kerala.

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Devotees carrying customary offerings on their heads, arrive to climb the eighteen steps, considered sacred by them, at the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest pilgrimage sites in Kerala.

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Devotees arrive at Sabarimala Temple, in Pathanamthitta District.

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Security personnel stand guard at Sabarimala Temple, in Sabarimala.

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Security personnel stand guard as temple priests walk towards the Sabarimala Temple.

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Temple priests offer prayers at Sabarimala Temple. This is the second time the hill temple opened for 'darshan' after the Supreme Court allowed entry of women of all age groups into it.

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Police woman, above the age of 50, who have been deployed for security circumambulate the main shrine at the Sabarimala temple, in Kerala.

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Kandararu Rajeevaru, the priest who heads the rituals at the temple and locally known as the Tantri, second right, stands flanked by policemen who escorted him to his room at the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Kerala. The historic Sabarimala temple which had barred women age 10 to 50 from entering the temple, opens to pilgrims for a day Monday evening.

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Police woman, above the age of 50, pray at the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Kerala. The historic Sabarimala temple which had barred women age 10 to 50 from entering the temple, opens to pilgrims for a day.

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Policemen stand guard at the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Kerala.

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Devotees trek from Nilakkal base camp towards Sabarimala Temple, in Pathanamthitta.

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Devotees trek from Nilakkal base camp towards Sabarimala Temple, in Pathanamthitta. This is the second time the hill temple will open for 'darshan' after the Supreme Court allowed entry of women of all age groups into it.

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Rahul Eswar, president of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena, at a press meet on Sabarimala temple issue, in Kochi.

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Police esc­ort a woman who was heckled trying to reach the temple

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Protestors stop vehicles approaching Sabarimala

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Devotees pay obeisance Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Kerala has been witnessing massive protests by Ayyappa devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala temple since the government decided to implement the apex court order.

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People For Dharma President Shilpa Nair addresses a press meet in connection with SC's Sabarimala verdict, at Kochi.

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A female devotee arrives to offer prayers, at Sabarimala temple in the light of the recent verdict by Supreme Court allowing entry to women of all ages, in Sabarimala.

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A Lord Ayyappa devotee during a protest called by various Hindu organisations against the lifting of ban by Supreme Court that allowed entry of women of all age into the Sabarimala temple, in Ahmedabad.

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Women protest at North Police station, in Kochi. The Sabarimala Karma Samithi has called for “Namajapa Yatra” a protest march chanting Ayyappa mantra, against the alleged police action on their activists.

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Devotees participate in a protest march against police attack on devotees at Sabarimala, in Kozhikode.

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Devotees protest as several female devotee arrive to offer prayers, at Sabarimala temple in the light of the recent verdict by Supreme Court allowing entry to women of all ages, in Sabarimala.

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The house of woman activist Rehana Fathima which was vandalised by some unidentified people at Panampilly Nagar in Kochi. Fathima had attempted to enter the shrine of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala.

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Protesters oppose the entry of women to the Sabarimala Temple, Kerala,.

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Protesters oppose the entry of women to the Sabarimala Temple.

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Journalist Kavitha Jakkal and activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. Both the women had to return mid-way as the temple was allegedly locked by the priest.

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Police escort Suhasini Raj, a Delhi-based New York Times journalist, to Sabarimala Temple. Suhasini Raj had to return mid-way after violent protests. The Centre has asked the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to tighten security in view of the continuing protests against the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala temple.

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Journalist Kavitha Jakkal being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. Kavitha and activist Rehana Fathima were taken to the temple but the priest, reportedly, locked it and the women had to return mid-way.

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Activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala.

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Journalist Kavitha Jakkal being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. Kavitha and activist Rehana Fathima were taken to the temple but the priest, reportedly, locked it and the women had to return mid-way.

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Elderly devotees being assisted by the police to climb up the 18 steps to pay obeisance at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala.

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A devotee, carrying his six month old boy, pays obeisance as he climbs up the holy 18 steps at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala.

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Devotees arrive to pay obeisance at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala.

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Devotees arrive to pay obeisance at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala.

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A policeman throws back a stone as they clash with protestors after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Police lathi-charge on the protestors after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Police lathi-charge on the protestors after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Police chase away a protestor after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Police take away one of the protestors after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Police escort Madhavi (of Andhra Pradesh) and her family members after she was heckled by the protesters while she was seeking the entry to the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala.

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Police take away one of the protestors after they opposed the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Devotees, including women, outside the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Police escort Madhavi (of Andhra Pradesh) and her family members after she was heckled by the protesters while she was seeking the entry to the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Police escort Madhavi and her family members after she was heckled by protesters while she was seeking entry to the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Devotees wait for opening of the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Melsanthi Unnikrishnan Nampoothiri opens the Sabarimala temple for the five-day monthly pooja in the Malayalam month of ‘Thulam’, Sabarimala.

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The Sabarimala temple that was opened by Melsanthi Unnikrishnan Nampoothiri for the five-day monthly pooja in the Malayalam month of ‘Thulam’. Tension was witnessed outside Sabarimala temple that was opened for the first time for women between the age of 10 and 50 following the Supreme Court verdict, turning over the age-old custom of not admitting them.

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Ayyappa Temple head priest (Tantri) Kandararu Rajeevaru gestures at devotees who were staging a protest against the Supreme Court verdict on entry of women, as he arrives on the opening day of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.

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An elderly woman on her way to Sabarimala Temple as police personnel stand on guard, in Pathanamthitta. Sabarimala Temple is open to women of all age groups for the first time since Supreme Court announced its verdict.

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Women favoring barring women of menstruating age from entering the Sabarimala temple scan vehicles at Nilackal, a base camp on way to the mountain shrine in Kerala.

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Women protesters check Sabarimala bound vehicles at Nilakkal to ensure that no women in the age group between 10 and 50 are going to Lord Ayyappa temple in dense forests at Sabarimala.

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