MLA embarrasses Kerala govt with corruption charges

Congress-led UDF government in Kerala on Tuesday faced embarrassment in the Assembly after an MLA in the treasury benches raised corruption charges against the Public Works Department Ministry headed by VK Ebrahim Kunju.

Security further tightened at Sabarimala hill shrine

Security was on Saturday strengthened at the Hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa against the backdrop of the Babri Masjid demolition anniversary.

Sabarimala season to get five million pilgrims

Nearly five million pilgrims are expected to visit the revered Ayyappa temple here when it opens Monday for a two-month pilgrimage season, officials said.

Kerala govt for declaring Sabarimala a National Pilgrim Centre

 Kerala Government will soon submit to Centre a memorandum seeking to declare the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala as a National Pilgrim Centre and would also seek a special financial package for the on-going development projects.

Sabarimala temple official removed, atonement rituals ordered

Acting tough, the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) Saturday removed an official of the famed Sabarimala temple for violating its customs and ordered an atonement ritual.

Girl`s visit to Sabarimala: Five officials found guilty

A departmental probe report has found five officials guilty of allowing the 11-year-old daughter of Sabarimala temple Chief Priest to visit the shrine, where entry of women in the age group of 10-50 is barred.

Plea to declare Sabarimala a National Pilgrim centre

Making a strong pitch to declare the hill shrine of Sabarimala a National Pilgrim centre, an organisation of devotees from the southern states demanded better facilities and hygienic conditions for the around four crore devotees visiting the temple annually.

Thousands throng Sabarimala for `mandala pooja`

Sabarimala — Lord Ayyappa devotees offered worship at the famous hill shrine here during the `mandala pooja`, which marked the conclusion of the first phase of the two-month-long pilgrimage season.

Additional forces to control rush at Sabarimala: DGP

Additional police personnel would be deployed at Sabarimala during the current `Mandalam` and `Makaravilakku` pilgrimage season to the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa in view of the heavy rush of devotees, a top police official has said.

Five Ayyappa devotees injured after car turns turtle

Five Ayyappa devotees on their way to Sabarimala were injured when the car they were travelling in turned turtle and fell into a ditch near here today.

Sabarimala pilgrimage gets underway

The holy hillock of Sabarimala has begun reverberating with the devotional chant of thousands of devotees as the two-month-long annual pilgrimage season of the Lord Ayyappa temple got underway.

Sabarimala Ayyappa shrine opens on Friday

The famous Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, worshipped by millions of devotees every year, will open for the two-month `Mandala-Makaravilakku` festival on Friday.

New head priest for Sabarimala Ayyappa temple selected

PN Narayanan Namboodiri was on Thursday selected as the new melsanthi (Head priest) of the famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

Facilities at Sabarimala for pilgrimage season reviewed

A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has decided to operate more Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses during the Sabarimala pilgrimage season commencing in November.

Sabarimala nets Rs 178.53 crore in 2012-13

The Sabarimala hill shrine has received a record revenue of Rs 178.53 crore in 2012-13, Kerala Devaswom (temple affairs) Minister V S Sivakumar told the Assembly Friday.

Special security arrangements at Sabarimala

Security has been strengthened at the Lord Ayyappa shrine here and nearby areas in view of the 20th anniversary of Babri-Masjid demolition.

Sabarimala clean-up: 35,000 bags of garbage collected

As the popularity of the famous Hindu temple at Sabarimala increases with each year, authorities are faced with a huge garbage problem.

Virtual queue a hit with Sabarimala pilgrims

The Kerala Police-operated virtual queue booking for Sabarimala pilgrims turned out a huge hit with 6.43 lakh pilgrims booking their darshan time in advance this year, as peak pilgrim time begins.

Work on Andhra Bhavan at Sabarimala to begin soon

The work on the Andhra Bhavan at Nilakkal camp near Sabarimala would begin without delay, N Vidyasagar, Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council said here on Monday.

Sabari pilgirmage gets underway

Devotees have started pouring at the foothills of the holy hillock of Sabarimala.