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Women between the ages of 10 to 50 have been banned for centuries from the temple.

"I have my medical certificates but they (police) denied me".

Hindus chant devotional songs during a protest against reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Bindu and Kanakadurga, the two women in their 40s, who created history by defying threats from saffron organisations and offered prayers at Sabarimala temple, Thursday said they were not tools of anyone and dismissed as "baseless" the allegations that they were playing into the hands of police and the government. A Kerala government-run hotel in Tamil Nadu was also attacked on Wednesday night by unidentified persons.

As well as those arrested during the clashes over 600 have been taken into preventive detention, police spokesman VP Pramod Kumar told AFP news agency.

The act comes just days after two other women were able to get in, which threw the state of Kerala into violent protests for two days.

Also in an incident never seen before in the state, 24 buses of the Kerala Road Transport Corporation, which had their broken windows during protests, were paraded on the streets of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.

The Times of India reported that the police team accompanying Sasikala and her husband had handed them over to a new team at Marakootam, which is a kilometre away from the shrine.

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The emergencies ministry said on its web site that the section of the building could have collapsed due to a natural gas blast. A total of 110 people were registered as residents of the affected section of the building, regional authorities said .

But despite the ruling, females that enter the building are being called "godless atheists" along with Pinarayi Vijayan Chief Minister of Kerala and member of the Communist Party of India.

Hindu devotees clashed with police in various cities in Kerala, with the nationalist BJP party decrying the women's entry.

The first two women to breach the ban arrived in an ambulance with a plainclothes police escort on Wednesday and went in through a side gate without any devotees noticing. "The government can not tolerate any violence in any form and has to take stern action", Vijayan said. The CMO source said that Sasikala said so on the directions of the police.

The restriction on women at Sabarimala, situated on top of a 915m hill in a tiger reserve that takes hours to climb, reflects a belief - not exclusive to Hinduism - that menstruating women are impure.

In October previous year, devotees clashed with police in a town near the temple leading to the arrest of more than 2,000 people.

"There are some temples which have their own traditions, where men can't go".

The high court will hear challenges to its ruling later this month.

The possibility of more confrontations was raised by a call from an umbrella group of right-wing Hindu groups in Kerala, the Sabarimala Karma Samithi, which is supported by the BJP, for a state-wide protest strike today.


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