However, in spite of the top court`s order no women in menstruating ages were able to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple when it opened last time. More than 3000 protesters have been arrested so far for instigating the violence that broke out in the state, while around 529 cases have been registered.
Devotees on Monday entered the premises of the Sabarimala Temple as it was opened for two days, amid tight security. The temple will be closed after the 'Athazha puja' scheduled to be held on Tuesday evening. The devotees of Lord Ayyappa climbed the sacred Pathinettam Padi to enter the temple to offer prayers. They had begun the trek from Nilakkal base camp to the hill shrine of Sabarimala, earlier in the day. Devotees were seen trekking up the hill while chanting hymns in praise of the deity.