It is a fact that the women have entered Sabarimala.
Bindu told Manorama news channel that none of the devotees, who were in the hillock, tried to stop them when they trekked the hill. It was her second attempt to visit the shrine: on an earlier try on December 24, she was forced to return by protesters. According to an Indian Express report, both the women entered the temple under police escort.
K. Sudhakaran, vice president of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, released a statement which accused the government of "treachery", adding that they will "pay the price" for violating the religious custom.
Modi's government did not immediately react to the women getting into the temple, but activists celebrated.
Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon as protests and clashes between rival groups erupted across the southern state of Kerala, local media reported, with several officers injured.
India's Supreme Court previous year voided the ban on women aged 10-50 from entering the temple.
The Bhumata Brigade founder said she was happy to hear that two women in their forties had managed to reach the "sannidhanam" (temple complex) and offer prayers to Lord Ayyappa and congratulated their effort.
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Police with batons charged at demonstrators who were trying to enforce a shutdown of shops and businesses in the area called for by the Sabarimala temple hierarchy.
The Supreme Court ruled on September 28 that the decades-old ban on women of menstruating age at Sabarimala, which is at the top of a hill a four-hour trek from the nearest village, was illegal.
The temple was briefly shut down for a "purification ritual" by the priests following the announcement of the women entering the temple.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which spearheads the coalition government, said Tuesday's demonstration was organized to "fight against divisive forces" of the BJP and its ideological mentor organization, the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Police acted on behalf of chief minister's direction.
State BJP chief P S Sreedharan Pillai said the Kerala government will face the "wrath" of Lord Ayyappa. "There was a tense atmosphere in Sabarimala", she said. Thousands of women could be seen raising hands and fists while forming the wall. Families of the two women have since denied this.
Here follows some background on the temple and the landmark verdict. We have not been checking their age. "After the apex court verdict the system was withdrawn as it would have tantamount to violation of the court order", the minister told the media.
This is the the seventh shutdown called by right-wing groups in just three months over the Sabarimala issue. The ban was imposed on all females between the ages of 10 and 50.