560 women register online for entry to Sabarimala temple

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 9: At least 560 women in the age-group of 10-50 years have enrolled to have a ‘darshan’ of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala temple when it opens for a three-month period from November 17.
The Kerala police had three days back launched the portal sabarimalaq.com to control pilgrims during the three-month season.
More than 3.5 lakh devotees have registered themselves on the site, of which 560 are women in the reproductive age.
The temple is thronged by lakhs of devotees who stand in winding queues for 6-8 hours. Though most of them come without online registration, at least 30% of the virtual queue are ensured a hassle-free pilgrimage.
According to the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), which runs the temple, at least 16 lakh pilgrims availed the virtual queue facility last year. Once an individual registers using any government-issued identity card and provides other details, the pilgrim will get a slip mentioning the timing of the trek from base camp Pamba and there is a separate queue for online pilgrims. The virtual queue is a free service.
Although the Supreme Court has allowed women of all ages to enter the temple, No women has been able to enter the temple because of protests from devotees and opposition from the temple’s supreme priest, despite a Supreme Court order on September 28 allowing women of all ages to enter it. (Agencies)