The temples under Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) will not allow bali tarpanam, the ritual to pay homage to departed souls, on Karkidaka vavu day, this year.
According to the petitioner, the appointment to the posts of Melasanthi was a secular act. Therefore, the posts could not be reserved for one particular community.
The Ayyappa temple was the first to offer the facility and received bookings worth around 1.25 crore in the past seven months.
As per the temple records, Darshini and two other female jumbos were received from the forests of Western Ghats in the year 1966.
The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), the apex body in the southern state which manages over 1,200 temples, on Thursday said shrines under its management would not permit devotees.
Following directions from the state government, the TDB has issued an advisory to ensure a hassle-free darshan for the deities and avoid a superspread in the temples
The Devaswom Board also suspended two mahouts, Pradeep and K A Ajeesh, pending enquiry after prima facia it was ascertained that there were lapses from their side.
The order warned of stringent action against officers who fail to curb RSS activities on temple premises.
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