After 8 a.m., many followers were seen protesting and shouting slogans when the police stopped them to check them out on the way to Sabarimala.
Sabarimala: Kerala police installed cell phone blocker near the Sabarimala Temple on Monday to prevent the Tantri and other shrine officials from interacting with the media and to dissuade live images of it.
The move took place when the contingent of the state police deployed around 2,300 workers for the security of the temple ahead of the one-day pilgrimage, which begins at 5 p.m. on Monday and ends at 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
After 8 a.m., many followers were seen protesting and shouting slogans when the police stopped them to check them out on the way to Sabarimala. Private vehicles carrying pilgrims were stopped.
As of late Sunday, a dozen female officers over the age of 50 were stationed in the temple city, who for a long time had only seen police presence during the puja high season.
The state government is taking all necessary precautions to prevent incidents such as the massive protests against the Supreme Court ruling on September 28, which allows the previously banned age group of girls and women to enter the Lord Ayyappa Shrine.
From October 17-22, when the temple was open for the monthly puja, the temple tantri and officials said they would close the shrine if a devotee between the ages of 10 and 50 tried to enter the Sanctum Sanctorum, like it against that was temple tradition.
The Kerala government has announced that it will implement the Supreme Court ruling against the BJP and numerous Hindu groups that have opposed the ruling.