Kumil: A Muslim devotee of Lord Ayyappa was
among those killed in the worst tragedy in kerala in recent
times which claimed 102 lives at Pulmedu in Vandiperiyar on
Many Saba (24), who was part of a 20-member group from
Karwar in Karnataka, had undertaken nearly 2 month strict
traditional penance to undertake the trip to the hill shrne of
After witnessing the `Makara Jythothi` as they began
descending the hill, the group, which had a seventh standard
student and 6 `Kanni swamis (devotees who had trekked
sabarimala for the first time), got dispersed. Finally, they
could spot everyone except, Saba, says Vijesh shetty. They
searched him for nearly an hour and later at the hospital
where the injured had been taken. However, only yesterday
morning, they found him among the dead with bruises all over
his body, said a wailing shetty.
The team had set out for sabarimala on Jan 8 and after the
darshan at the Ayyappa temple, had reached Pulmedu on Friday
The Sbarimala temple, considered the oldest shrime in
India, is open to devotees of all religious background.
Vavar, a close friend of lord Ayyapa, was a muslim and
devotees who visit the shrine first offer prayers at the vavar
mosque before trekking the temple.