Kerala’s Sabarimala temple to stay shut for devotees

The Sabarimala Temple will not be opened for public for the monthly pooja and its festival will also be cancelled, informed Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Thursday (June 11). He said the decision was taken after a meeting with Sabarimala tantri and Travancore Devaswom Board.

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The opening of the Lord Ayyappa shrine for its monthly rituals starting June 14 at 5 pm. will be an inhouse affair till it closes on June 19 at 10 pm. This development comes after Travancore Devaswom Board President N Vasu had a day ago announced that Sabarimala Temple festival will commence from June 19.

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“Sabarimala temple opens on June 14 evening for monthly puja. We discussed with both ‘tantris’ of the temple. With their consultation and cooperation we decided this. As of now, we are going ahead with monthly puja and temple festival scheduled from June 19,” said Vasu.

“As per the present schedule, the temple festival is to commence on June 19, before that there will be monthly puja from June 14. The Arat ceremony will be conducted on June 20 at Pampa river,” he added.  The BJP had earlier criticised the CPI(M)-led Kerala government for allowing temples under the state-funded Devaswom Board to open for devotees.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs and senior BJP leader from Kerala V Muraleedharan had said the move raises suspicions.  There are around 3,000 temples in Kerala under the five devaswoms — temple affairs body controlled by the government.

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“Sabarimala temple opens on June 14 evening for monthly puja. We discussed with both ‘tantris’ of the temple. With their consultation and cooperation we decided this. As of now, we are going ahead with monthly puja and temple festival scheduled from June 19,” said Vasu.

“As per the present schedule, the temple festival is to commence on June 19, before that there will be monthly puja from June 14. The Arat ceremony will be conducted on June 20 at Pampa river,” he added.

The BJP had earlier criticised the CPI(M)-led Kerala government for allowing temples under the state-funded Devaswom Board to open for devotees.  Union Minister of State for External Affairs and senior BJP leader from Kerala V Muraleedharan had said the move raises suspicions. There are around 3,000 temples in Kerala under the five devaswoms — temple affairs body controlled by the government.

6 Historical Places In Kerala That’ll Take You Back In Time

Historical Places One of the most visited tourist destinations in India, Kerala is famous for its natural beauty as well as it’s many historical attractions. The state is known for its rich culture, architecture and landmarks from the bygone era. Down the years, it’s multifaceted inhabitants ranging from the royal families to the colonies of Dutch, Portuguese, Jews and Britishers have inspired a conglomeration of tradition and culture which is a delight for any history lover. You can book from many Kerala tour packages available to get the best holiday experience and get a peek into its glorious past.

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Here are some of the magnificent palaces, grand forts and other architectural marvels of Kerala that you must-visit:

Bekal Fort, Kasaragod District

The largest fort in Kerala, it was built in 1650 AD by Shivappa Nayaka of Keladi and is spread over an area of 40 acres. The massive structure looms 130 feet above the sea level and offers a magnificent view of the sea. The fort is shaped like a huge keyhole and is superbly maintained despite being such an old structure. It has been a witness to many battles fought against the invaders. It was constructed as a military base initially and at present is one of the top most attractions on your visit to God’s own country.

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Mattancherry Palace, Kochi

Located in the port town of Kochi, this palace is one of the finest examples of a combination of Kerala style of architecture known as Nalukettu and the colonial designs. The palace is shaped as a quadrangle. It was constructed in the year 1557 by the Portuguese as a gift to the then king of Kochi. There is a temple at the centre of the courtyard and the palace boasts of a wonderful collection of different artefacts and murals which dates back to as early as 17th and 18th century.

Muniyara Dolmens, Munnar

Located in Munnar, these are spectacular prehistoric dolmens which are said to from the Neolithic age. The burial chambers above the ground are constructed with big stone slabs which are known as ‘megaliths’. This place is no less than heaven for historians and history enthusiasts as it is perfect to explore the ruins of such an old era. The Munnar holiday packages can be customised to suit your likings.

Jewish Synagogue, Kochi

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The only functional synagogue among the seven synagogues of Kerala, dates back to 1568 and was built by the Paradesi Jews community. The elegant architecture along with the resplendent interiors will leave you mesmerised. The floor is made of hand painted tiles which adds an extra dimension to the grandeur of the place. This place is like a history treasure chest with the exhibits belonging to as early as the 4th century.

Tellicherry Fort, Thalassery, Kannur District

The fort which was constructed in 1708 by the East India Company is an imposing structure with marvellous engineering. The rectangle shaped fort surrounded by strong bastions on two corners and secret tunnels which opens into the sea has stood tall against the test of time.

4, Wayana

Located at Ambukutty Mala, these caves are a combination of three boulders. One of the large rocks has come out in the centre and transformed naturally into the shape of a shelter. Edakkal means a stone in between, hence the name of the place, Edakkal Caves. These rocks were discovered in 1894 by the then superintendent of Police, F. Fawcett. The walls inside the caves are filled with paintings and graphics of the medieval age. The interesting positioning of the rocks along with unique artwork is sure to leave you intrigued and enthralled. There are many other tourist places to visit in Wayanad.