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Age proof now mandatory for women to offer worship in Sabarimala

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The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has made authentic age proof document mandatory for women visiting the Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala in Kerala.

TDB, which manages the shrine, has decided to make the age proof mandatory during the ongoing pilgrim season in view of the increasing instances of women devotees trying to trek to the hillock shrine defying the restrictions.

The final leg of the three-month-long annual pilgrim season will end on 14th of this month, with the Makaravilakku festival.

A petition challenging the temple’s custom restricting entry of women in the age group of 10 to 50 years is pending before the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court.

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