Seeking Urgent Attention of Central Government

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Dear Sirs,

Namaste

As you must be aware by now, We, Hindu believers of Lord Ayyappa are facing severe harassment from the present state government of Kerala. Ever since and even before the Supreme Court Hearing took place, there has been flip-flop in the stand of the Kerala Government on the issue of restricted entry of Women in Sabarimala. They clearly were targetting to disturb the peaceful way Pilgrimage was being conducted over the years and provoked the peaceful Devotee community. Thankfully, as you must be aware, the demonstrations has been limited to Sharanaghoshams and Namajapams. 

There has been very serious attempts made by the Government to desecrate the temple by providing commando escorts to known Non-Believers who have evidently abused this temple and the Deity. On the other hand, genuine devotees have been subjected to undue and severe harassment by denying even a decent trek up the Holy Sabarimala and a Darshan and subsequently to complete the associated rituals. Police have been let loose all along and devotees have been arrested and detained on trumped up Non-bailable charges and we have witnessed live coverages where the only offence was Chanting Lord's name in front of Lord Ayyappa. Last night (18th November 2018) about 200 devotees were arrested and assaulted in full media glare, Irumudikettu was thrown and trampled upon, devotees kicked and finally remanded to 14 days custody (non-bailable) Their only offence was Chanting Lord Ayyappa's Sharanaghoshams.

Despite availability of pilgrim centre/guest houses which was available for pilgrims in rental basis, it has been locked up and keys deposited with Police, denying this to devotees. These are absolutely flabbergasting and sacrilegious developments under this reign of terror. You must have noticed children and elderly ladies resting (and getting chased away by police) in appalling conditionsm, with wild pigs roaming around, with pigs dropping and adding to the misery, rains that makes things worse. They have imposed conditions that food will not be served when needed and Annadanam seva has to be stopped as soon as Harivarasanam is sung. It is after that the devotees head to have their refreshments. They stay over to complete other rituals like Neyyabhishkam which also is made impossible by forcing Pilgrims to vacate and descend to Pampa.

Situation is worse for Hindus of Kerala who are being picked up during midnights from their houses and arrested on trumped up charges.

Prior to this, they already arrested more than 5000 Hindu Pilgrims to Ayyappa temple who took nama japa peacefully during last one month. Now  from yesterday onwards they are arresting and harassing Hindu Organization leaders, and  is attempting to prevent Ayyappa devotees entering and offering poojas at Sabarimla temple. We cannot sleep peacefully, only because we believe in Lord Ayyappa. Hindus are under strict surveillance here.

Kindly interfere as soon as possible, save Hindus, especially those from Kerala.

As a devotee and an ardent supporter, the least we expect is use of your good offices or even intervention to remedy this scary situation in Kerala and most importantly in Sabarimala. Please instruct the Kerala Government to also release all leaders and Devotees arrested on trumped up charges, when they actually only were peacefully chanting Lord Ayyappa's name.

We hope there would be a positive response and action from your end and restoration of Dharmic order in one of the Holiest Shrines of Bharat.

Pranaams and Greetings



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