TDB calls Sabarimala tantris, Pandalam royals for talks
TDB calls Sabarimala tantris, Pandalam royals for talks

TDB calls Sabarimala tantris, Pandalam royals for talks


Thiruvananthapuram: Amid continuing protests on the Sabarimala issue, Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the Lord Ayyappa temple, has invited stakeholders for a meeting to discuss 'various aspects', including preparations for the annual pilgrimage season that begins next month. As various Hindu outfits and Ayyappa devotees have been staging protests over the last few days across Kerala against the implementation of the Supreme Court order, permitting women of all age groups into the shrine, the call for talks is considered an attempt for a consensus. The Travancore Devaswom Board has invited tantris (temple priests), Pandalam royals and devotee groups to the meeting. TDB president A Padmakumar said the meeting is scheduled to be held on October 16 at its headquarters here. Various stakeholders of the Sabarimala shrine, including Ayyappa Seva Sangam, Ayyappa Seva Samajam, tantri mahamandalam and Yoga Kshema Sabah, would be invited for the talks, he said. "TDB has no prejudice over any matter related to Sabriamala... Let them come and share their views. We will take a suitable decision on all aspects regarding the temple after that," Padmakumar told reporters. The members of the Padalam royal family and tazhamon tantris later said a collective decision would be taken soon on whether to attend the TDB meet or not. The three-month-long annual 'Mandalam-Makaravilakku' pilgrimage season of the Sabarimala Temple will begin on November 17.



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