The Pandalam royal family has accused Travancore Devaswom Board member KP Shankara Das of violating the customs of Sabarimala temple by going up the 18 steps without carrying irumudi (the pouch of puja offerings and the ghee-filled coconut).
“What Shankardas did was a strange violation of custom. He should perform parihara kriya (atonement rituals) at his own expense. The devaswom board should conduct an inquiry into this,” said Pandalam Palace member Sasikumar Varma.
The other day a similar allegation were made against RSS leader Valsan Thillankeri that he had climbed the 18 steps without the ‘irumudi’. After the incident, Shankar Das came out heavily against Thillankeri and ordered a probe into it..
Soon after this, a private TV channel aired the footages of Shankar Das himself going up and down the steps without the ‘Irumudi’.
Later on Tuesday evening, the temple tantri (chief priest) came out with the clarification that both had breached tradition.