According to the media reports, if in case any woman enter Sannidhanam, the sree covil would be closed and end all poojas. The pandalam royal family had given such instruction to the thanthri in this regard, sources said.
The immediate provocation of the priests was that the police had taken two women, said to be activists, near the sacred 18 steps. But they were prevented with strong resistance by the Ayyappa devotees who gathered at the Nadapanthal.
This is for the first time in the history of the Sabarimala, such an agitation was organised by the priests, which almost halt the poojas, including “ghee abhishekam”. (UNI)