Pathanamthitta: Two women from Andhra Pradesh tried to enter Sabarimala on February 14, but Ayyappa devotees stopped them. As per sources, women aged 45 and 48 respectively, climbed the Sabarimala hill from Pamba and reached Chandranandan Road. 

They had to return following protests staged by devotees. Kerala Police also talked to the women and later they were sent back. 

There was also an intelligence report, which suggested that more women would try to enter the famous shrine during the Kumba puja (February 12 to 17).

Around 2,000 policemen are deployed at Sannidhanam, Pampa and Nilakkal to ensure hassle-free darshan for devotees during the Kumba puja.

The Supreme Court on February 6 reserved its judgment regarding 65 petitions on Sabarimala including 55 review petitions, four writ petitions, two transfer petitions, two special leave petitions (SLP) and one petition seeking time.

Kanakadurga and Bindu, who entered the Sabarimala on January 2, told the Supreme Court on February 6 about their resolve to enter the temple again on February 12.

Many Ayyappa devotees staged a protest on the streets of Kerala, by chanting slogans against the two women, who entered the Sabarimala temple on January 2. This incident earned the wrath of Ayyappa devotees, who have expressed their anger against the women and the state government for breaking the law of the temple tradition that was made hundreds of years ago.

A Facebook community has announced that more women will reach the Sabarimala shrine today. Earlier too, a group of women tried to enter the Sabarimala with a seven-member team, sent by a Facebook group titled ‘Navodhana Keralam Sabarimalyilekku’. And Ayyappa devotees from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu immediately stopped the women from entering the shrine.