THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — The Kerala government on Tuesday convened an all-party meeting on 15 November to discuss various issues relating to the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, which witnessed widespread protests following the Supreme Court decision to permit entry of women of all ages into the shrine.
The decision to call the meeting comes on a day when the apex court refused to stay its 28 September verdict, lifting the centuries-old ban on girls and women in the 10-50 age group from entering the shrine and decided to hear a batch of review petitions in open court on 22 January.
The two-month long annual 'Mandala Makkaravillakku' season will start on 17 November and the meeting will also take stock of the arrangements made for devotees.
The temple had witnessed a string of protests from devotees when it opened for monthly pujas for five days in October and two days early this month.
Over 3,700 persons have been arrested so far and 546 cases registered against various people for violence during protests across the state after the top court permitted women of all ages to pray at the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.
Over 500 young women registered for darshan in the online queue website of Kerala police last week.