Kochi, Nov 26: Bhumatha Brigade founder and activist Trupti Desai on Tuesday arrived at the Cochin International Airport to visit Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala where the entry for women between the ages of 10 and 50 are restricted as part of the customs and traditions of the shrine.
Talking to newspersons here, Ms Trupti Desai said she came for darshan on the basis of Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry for women of all ages into the temple. Trupti Desai, who arrived along with four other women, Harinashi Kamble, Chaya, Pandurang and Meenakshi Shinde at the Airport in Nedumbassery at 5am, is now accompanied by Ms Binu Ammini, who managed to enter the temple last year along with Ms Kanakadurga.
After reaching the Airport, Trupti Desai and her team reached at the Kochi City Commissioner office to get the police protection to visit the temple. Meanwhile, tension prevailed in the trekking path from Erumely to Sannidhanam as RSS-affiliated Hindu Aikya Vedi and other organisations announced that they will oppose Tripti Desai from entering the temple. Several protests are also being organised in Kochi and on the roads leading to the hilly temple. UNI