Sabarimala temple row LIVE updates: The authorities in Kerala are on their toes as the Sabarimala temple is set to reopen its doors for devotees for annual pilgrimage this evening. As a precautionary measure, Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in Nilakkal, Pamba and Sannidhanam. Meanwhile, right to pray Trupti Desai activist has reached the Cochin International Airport and protests are underway outside the airport against her visit to the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Kerala. The Supreme Court had allowed the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple.

Meanwhile, the temple’s Devaswom board will hold a meeting at 10 am in Trivandrum to decision on whether to file an interim petition in the apex court.

Sabarimala temple row LIVE updates:

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20:45 (IST)

Activist Trupti Desai who waited for hours on the Kochi airport but finally decided to go back to Pune said that hotel owners and cab providers were threatened by the protestors that if they will provide their services then their property will be damaged. 

18:39 (IST)

Trupti Desai to return to Pune amid protests

After a 12-hour long wait at the Kochi airport, activist Trupti Desai will be leaving back for Pune after protesters blocked her way to go to Sabarimala temple.

17:37 (IST)

Sabarimala Karma Samithi stages protest against Trupti Desai

Sabarimala Karma Samithi staged a protest against Trupti Desai, who has failed to leave the Kochi Airport amid protests by right-wing organisations outside the domestic terminal, in Kerala's Trivandrum. The activist landed at Cochin International Airport at 4:30 am this morning. She had sought police protection from the Kerala government to enter Sabarimala temple.

17:07 (IST)

Sabarimala temple reopens for 62 days

Sabarimala temple has reopened its doors for devotees for 62-day long Mandala Pooja-Magaravilaku annual pilgrimage season. Meanwhile, hundreds of protestors are still gathered outside the Kochi Airport where the right to pray activist Trupti Desai has been stationed since her arrival in the morning.

17:00 (IST)

Lord Ayyappa devotees throng base camp to begin trek to temple

Devotees thronged to base camp to begin trek to Sabarimala temple to offer prayers to Lord Ayyappaa in Kerala. Unprecedented security arrangements have been made at Sabarimala temple as the Lord Ayyapa shrine is set to open this evening. The temple doors will remain open for 62 days.

16:44 (IST)

Activist Rahul Eashwar says Trupti Desai must go back

Activist Rahul Eashwar who is protesting outside against Trupti Desai's entry into Sabarimala Temple outside the Kochi Airport demanded that Trupti Desai must go back. He further added that she will have to step on their chests and walk over if she wanter to enter the temple.

15:16 (IST)

Devaswom Board seeks legal opinion

Devasom Board president has sought a legal opinion from experts on moving a petition in the Supreme Court to seek more to implement the apex court's order to allow the women of all ages in the Sabarimala temple.

14:02 (IST)

Trupti Desai an RSS activist: Kerala Minister

Kerala Minister VS Sunil Kumar on Friday said women rights activist Trupti Desai is an RSS activist and the BJP is using her to push its political agenda in the state. They are creating violence in the name of Lord Ayyappa, he further added. Trupti Desai has been blocked by the hundreds of protestors gathered outside the Kochi Airport since this morning.

12:07 (IST)

Trupti Desai forced to stay inside Kochi Airport

Right to pray activist Trupti Desai was forced to stay inside the Kochi Airport on Friday morning as angry protestors gathered outside the arrival gate of the domestic terminal. Trupti Desai along with six other women devotees, all aged under 50, arrived in Kerala from Pune at 4:40 am this morning.

11:39 (IST)

Trupti Desai on protests outside the Cochin Airport

Trupti Desai said that protests by right-wing groups were being held outside the Cochin Airport when she reached there at 4:30 am on Friday. Trupti Desai, Hindu activist and head of the Bhumata Brigade, said that she booked taxi two-three times but drivers have been threatened that their vehicle will be vandalised if they offer her a drive.

11:27 (IST)

All party-meeting by Kerala CM ends without consensus

The Congress and the BJP had walked out of the all-party meeting on Sabarimala temple row called by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The Chief Minister had called the meeting to resolve the Sabarimala stand-off as the Lord Ayyappa temple is due to open this evening.

10:34 (IST)

Section 144 imposed in Nilakkal, Pamba and Sannidhanam

As a precautionary measure, the authorities have imposed Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) in Nilakkal, Pamba and Sannidhanam. The Lord Ayyappa shrine is set to open this evening.

10:26 (IST)

Trupti Desai faces protest outside Kochi Airport

Protestors, which include local BJP leaders, outside Kochi Airport said that Trupti Desai, the founder of Bhumata Brigade, was trying to break centuries-old tradition of the Sabarimala temple. Protesters have gathered in huge numbers outside Kochi airport on the arrival of activist Trupti Desai.