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'Violation of customs' : Tantri on Valsan Thillankeri's mounting of holy steps

Sabarimala, Valsan Thillankeri

Sabarimala : Sabarimala tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru has made it clear that mounting the 'patinettampadi', the sacred 18 steps of the holy shrine, without 'irumudikettu' is a violation of the customs of the temple.

'Only the tantri, melsanti and representative of the Pandalam royal family are allowed to climb the steps without 'irumudikettu', he added. The chief priest made the remarks after the images of RSS leader Valsan Thillankeri mounted the steps without 'irumudikettu', during the protests emerged online.

However, later Thillankeri regretted the incident and said that he did it while trying to pacify the agitated devotees. 'I really hope lord Ayyappa will forgive for my mistake', Thillakeri said.

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