Legends about Sabarimala

Manufactured legends

Print edition : February 01, 2019

Pandalam palace committee leaders circumambulating the Ayyappa shrine as part of the atonement rituals under way at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam, on October 22, 2018. Photo: H. VIBHU

The Pampa river lies polluted. It is the main source of drinking water for people living downstream. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The Sabaramala temple nestled in the biodiversity rich Periyar Tiger Reserve. Photo: By Special Arrangement

The legends about Sabarimala now being presented as history were manufactured by upper-caste worshippers who snatched the shrine from tribal people and lower castes.
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