Parameswaran Namboothiri is the new Sabarimala Melshanthi; Shambu Namboothiri is Malikappuram Devi Temple Melshanthi
The selections were made by drawing lots from a panel of priests shortlisted after the interviews conducted by the Travancore Devaswom Board.
The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) will deposit about 500kg of gold in the Reserve Bank of India’s gold monetisation scheme.
Struggling to meet the administrative expenses, the board is planning to approach the state government seeking relaxations in the restrictions at Sabarimala
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.
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.
The High Court on Thursday observed that all the authorities were bound to implement the Supreme Court verdicts.
The board said filing a review petition against the top court verdict right now has no relevance.
Sources close to the newly constituted Board said it would toe the government’s line if it submits an additional affidavit.