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Sabarimala Temple

Devotees queue up atthe Sabrimala temple, Pathanamthitta.

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Devotees offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple, in Sabarimala, Pathanamthitta.

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Newly appointed head priest (Melashanthi) VK Jayaraj Potti opens the doors of the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Dharmasastha temple at Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta.

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Devotees maintain social distance while standing in queues to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom, at Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta.

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Newly appointed head priest (Melashanthi) VK Jayaraj Potti pays obeisance to Lord Ayyappan at Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta.

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Devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers at Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district.

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Priests perform rituals for the 'Tulamas Puja' at the Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district.

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Melshanthi AK Sudheer Namboothiri along with other priests perform rituals for the opening of the Sabarimala temple on the first day of the holy Malayalam month of Chingam, in Pathanamthitta district.

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Thiruvabharanam (ornaments and attire for Lord Ayyappa) procession arrive at Lord Ayyappa temple before "Makara Vilakku" ceremony at Sabarimala in Kerala.

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Crowd of Devotees at the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala

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Devotees throng the Lord Ayyappa temple to offer prayers, at Sabarimala, Kerala,

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Police personnel during a meeting during the opening Sabarimala ‘Makara Sankrama pooja’, in Sabarimala

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Devotees queue to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

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Ayyappa devotees take part in a procession to mark the annual pilgrimage to the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala, at Vashi in Navi Mumbai.

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Devotees stand in queues to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple, in Sabarimala

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Bhumata Brigade leader and Pune-based activist Trupti Desai comes out from Kochi Commissionerate Office after their cancelelation of pilgrimage to Sabarimala, in Kochi. Desai announced the decision to go back to Maharashtra after police, citing security reasons, denied them protection amid protests by devotees, members of a right wing outfit and BJP here, against their entry into the shrine.

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Police personnel detain a protestor during a demonstration by various Hindu organisations against the entry of activist Trupti Desai and other women at Sabarimala temple, outside police commissioner's office in Kochi. The protest ended after the commissioner assured protestors that the police would not be providing any security to women visiting the temple.

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Devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala.

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Devotees stand in a queue to offer their prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

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Thandri Kandaru Mahesh Mohanaru with Melsanthi A.K Sudheer Namboothi before opening the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.

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Devotees stand in a queue to offer their prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

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Police check ID cards of devotees at Pamba in Sabarimala.

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Police personnel examine a 12-year-old girl from Puducherry, who had come to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Women police examined the girl's aadhar card and found that she was 12 years old and refused to allow her to proceed further from Pamba to the shrine complex.

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Policemen assist devotees in climbing the 18 sacred steps of Lord Ayyappa temple during the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala.

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A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opened for the annual Mandala-Makaravilakku puja on Saturday.

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A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opened for the annual Mandala-Makaravilakku puja on Saturday.

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A devotee wears the 'sacred chain' at a temple before their pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, in Chennai. The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opened for the annual Mandala-Makaravilakku puja on Saturday.

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Police personnel assist devotees to climb up the 18 sacred steps of the Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala

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Devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala.

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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened today for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala.

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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened today for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala.

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Sabarimala: Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened today for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala.

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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened today for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala.

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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened today for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. At least ten young women from Andhra Pradesh, who arrived at Pamba on Saturday to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple here, were sent back, police said.

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Sabarimala devotees light lamps in a formation that reads 'Om' at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. A five-member constitutional bench of the Supreme Court referred the crucial rights-versus-belief dispute in the hill shrine Sabarimala to a larger seven-member bench.

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Sabarimala petitioner Radhakrishnan Varanikal with others member's of Aiyappa Dharma Parishad at Supreme Court during the verdict in the Sabarimala case, in New Delhi. The SC today said restrictions on women in religious places was not limited to Sabarimala alone and was prevalent in other religions as well as it referred all review pleas to a larger seven-judge bench.

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Lord Ayyappa Temple, in Sabarimala, Kerala. The Supreme Court today said restrictions on women in religious places was not limited to Sabarimala alone and was prevalent in other religions as well as it referred all review pleas to a larger seven-judge bench.

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Rahul Easwar, president of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena, at a press meet in connection with the Sabarimala temple issue, in Kochi.

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The BJP wants to cash in on the Sabarimala protests

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Devotees and members of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) participate in a march 'Walk for Ayyappa' in relation to violence faced by devotees at Sabarimala's Ayyappa temple, in Kolkata.

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Devotees arrive to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

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Devotees arrive to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

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BJP MPs raise slogans against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding Sabarimala issue during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.

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State owned buses vandalized during Thursday's general strike are paraded before the public in Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala.

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BJP workers hurls bricks and stones at the CPI office following their protest against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Palakkad.

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BJP workers burn an effigy of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a protest over the Sabarimala issue, in Kanyakumari.

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Hindu Makkal Katchi activists stop a train during a protest against the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple, in Coimbatore.

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A members of Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi (Delhi and NCR) during a scuffle with police at a protest over the Sabarimala issue, at Kerala House, in New Delhi.

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Members of Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi (Delhi and NCR) burn an effigy of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a protest over the Sabarimala issue, at Kerala House, in New Delhi.

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Members of Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi (Delhi and NCR) display placards and raise slogans during a protest over the Sabarimala issue, at Kerala House, in New Delhi.

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A member of Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi (Delhi and NCR) during a scuffle with media persons during a protest over the Sabarimala issue, at Kerala House, in New Delhi.

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Members of Ayyappa Dharma Samrakshana Samithi (Delhi and NCR) beat an effigy of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with slippers during a protest over the Sabarimala issue, at Kerala House, in New Delhi.

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Shop owners stage a protest demanding protection during the statewide hartal called by pro-Hindutva outfits against the entry of two women into the Lord Ayyappa Temple (Sabarimala), in Kozhikode.

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Deserted roads during Congress party's statewide 'black day' strike on the issue of the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Kozhikode.

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Police personnel patrol at a closed market during Congress party's statewide 'black day' strike on the issue of the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Kozhikode.

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BJP activists stage a protest march against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Kochi.

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Lord Ayyappa devotees stage a protest against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Bengaluru.

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A Youth Congress activist, who had come to wave black flag at Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the Sabarimala issue, falls after a minor knock by the CM convoy's pilot vehicle, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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A road stands deserted during a strike call by Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organization of Hindu groups, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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A view of a deserted road outside the main bus terminus during a general strike in state capital Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala.

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A view of the main bus terminus after the bus schedules were cancelled during a general strike in state capital Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala.

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Stranded passengers wait at the main train station during a general strike in state capital Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala.

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Commuters are transported on a police van after the bus schedules were cancelled during a general strike in state capital Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala.

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Policemen stand guard during a march by Bharatiya Janata Party activists as part of a strike call by Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organization of Hindu groups, in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. Hindu hard-liners shut shops and businesses and clashed with police in the state to protest the entry of two women in one of India's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites.

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Lord Ayyappa devotees stage a protest against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Hubbali.

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Lord Ayyappa devotees stage a protest against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Bengaluru.

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Lord Ayyappa devotees stage a protest against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Bengaluru.

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Members of Sabarimala Seva Samithi and Ayyappa Devotees stage a protest against the state government denouncing the entry of two women, in their 40s, into Sabarimala shrine, in Bengaluru.

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MPs from Kerala stage a protest over the issue of the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.

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Security personnel guard at the Lord Ayyappa Temple which was shut down for 'purification' after two women, in their early 40s, entered the shrine and offered prayers, in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Women activists celebrate entering of women in Sabarimala temple, in Kochi.

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Congress workers hold a rally after women entered Sabarimala temple, in Kochi. The Sabarimala temple was shut down for ritual "purification" briefly after the two women entered the shrine.

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Policemen stand guard near the state secretariat anticipating protests following reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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Opposition Congress party activists burn an effigy of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reacting to reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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A policeman chases away protesters during a protest against the entry of two women to the Sabarimala temple, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Policemen chase away a protester during a protest against the entry of two women to the Sabarimala temple, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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BJP Mahila Morcha members argue with the police officers during a protest against the entry by two women to the Lord Ayyappa Temple, in Kochi.

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BJP Mahila Morcha members stage a protest against the entry by two women to the Lord Ayyappa Temple, in Kochi.

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Priests carry out 'purification' of the Lord Ayyappa Temple after two women in their early 40s entered the shrine and offered prayers, in Sabarimala.

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Priests carry out 'purification' of the Lord Ayyappa Temple after two women in their early 40s entered the shrine and offered prayers, in Sabarimala, Kerala.

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Policemen take position outside the state secretariat anticipating protests following reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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Protestors block traffic and shout slogans reacting to reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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Protestors block traffic and shout slogans reacting to reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvananthapuram. India's Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 lifted the ban on women of menstruating age from entering the temple, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender.

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Protestors hold a picture of Lord Ayyappa during a protest called by various Hindu organisations in Kochi after two women entered the Sabarimala temple.

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The Pampa Manalpuram on the foothills of Sabarimala has been once again flooded in Pathanamthitta, Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

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Women hold oil lamps by a roadside as they protest a Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women of menstruating age at the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, India.

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Women hold oil lamps by a roadside as they protest a Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women of menstruating age at the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala. As part of a statewide protest devotees lit lamps for 30 minutes by major roads from the northern end to the southern end the state of Kerala.

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People take part in the 'Ayyappa Jyothi' programme (lighting of lamp) in Kottayam district of Kerala.

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People take part in the 'Ayyappa Jyothi' programme (lighting of lamp) outside Kerala House in New Delhi.

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Bindu and Kanakadurga, the two women from Kerala who reached Marakootam, just one kilometre away from the Sannidhanam, in their attempt to enter Sabarimala temple, being escorted by the police after a protest against them, in Pathanamthitta.

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Journalist Kavitha Jakkal being escorted by the police to Sabarimala Temple, Kerala, Friday, Oct 19, 2018. Kavitha and activist Rehana Fathima were taken to the temple but the priest, reportedly, locked it and the women had to return mid-way.

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Devotees wait to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the first day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom,' in Sabarimala, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.

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Members of the Chennai-based "Manithi" wait at the foothills of the Lord Ayyappa Temple as devotees protested against their attempt to trek the shrine, at Pamba, in Pathanamthitta.

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Four transgenders draped in sarees, who were earlier denied permission to visit the Sabarimala temple, have their darshan of the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala.

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Four transgenders draped in sarees, who were earlier denied permission to visit the Sabarimala temple, have their darshan of the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala. The temple town has witnessed several protests by various groups since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict which allowed women of all ages to enter the temple.

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Queuing to pray on November 17, the first day of the mandalam season

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A policeman helps a girl to climb up the 18 sacred steps to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine, in Sabarimala.

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Policemen helps the devotees to climb up the 18 sacred steps for offering prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine, in Sabarimala.

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Union Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan at Pamba, the last entry point to the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

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Union Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan talks with a police official at Nilakkal, in Pathanamthitta.

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