For one, the pilgrimage has become a billionaire enterprise that ravages the ecology -- feeding off a phenomenal surge of middle-class piety. Equally crucially, it also kills the real tradition of ritual openness and social flexibility.
Last week, B Harikumar was suspended and booked under section 302 (murder) of the IPC after he allegedly pushed a 32-year-old man before a moving car during a scuffle. The man, Sanal, later died at a hospital.
According to the Travancore Devasom Board, till Friday close to 3.50 lakh pilgrims have booked for 'darshan' through the Kerala Police online facility. It includes 550 women between 10 and 50 years, the temple custodians said.
Disqualifying K M Shaji, who had won the elections from Azhikode Assembly constituency in 2016, for six years, Justice P D Rajan directed the Kerala Assembly Speaker and the Election Commission to take appropriate action.
Some wrote that “Kashmiri Muslims have angered Satisar” and “Satisar finally realised that it is enough” and drowned all Kashmiris living in the Valley. It is said Kashmir was once a huge water body called Satisar.