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.
On the very first "Shahi Snan" (royal bath) that took place on Tuesday on the occasion of the auspicious Makar Sankranti, dozens of visitors could be seen defecating and relieving themselves in the open.
In its notice, Franciscan Clarist Congregation accused Sister Lucy Kalapura belonging to its St Mary's province, Mananthavady, of leading a life, which was against the "principles of religious life" and the rule of the congregation
The petition, filed through advocate Kamlesh Kumar Mishra, has claimed that there is a notice put up outside the dargah -- a shrine built over the grave of a religious figure -- clearly stating in English and Hindi that women are not allowed inside.