Pinarayi Vijayan, the Kerala Chief Minister, has confirmed the news that the two showed interest in being there and that they were provided security by a few policemen.
The women devotees, Bindu and Kanakdurga, entered and offered prayers at 3.45 am, according to news agency ANI. In 2016, courts ruled in favor of a petition by women's rights group to enter the inner sanctum of a famous Muslim shrine in Mumbai. The ban on menstruating women entering the temple amounted to a form of "untouchability" and gender discrimination, she said.
After the formation of the protest, two women entered the temple for the first time following the lifting of the ban by the Supreme Court in September 2018. Bindu, 44, from Perinthalmanna and Kanaka Durga, 42, from Kannur, began their climb towards the abode of Lord Ayyappa at midnight and reached the shrine only after 3.45 am on Wednesday.
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Two women entered the Sabarimala Temple in the early hours of the morning after the Women's Wall event.
Police with batons also charged at protesters who were trying to enforce a shutdown of shops in the area called for by the Sabarimala temple hierarchy.
Announcing the dawn-to-dusk shutdown on behalf of the Sabarimala Karma Samiti Samiti, its leader K P Sasikala said the government has betrayed devotees.
Legend says that the goddess Malikapurathamma asked Ayyappa to marry her.
Last year, violent protests broken out in the state after India's top court in September ordered the authorities to void the ban on women or girls of menstruating age - between 10 and 50 - from entering the temple, which draws millions of worshippers a year. Kerala government was in urgency to implement the Supreme Court's order and were adamant to send women inside the temple. He pointed to other Hindu temples and ceremonies where men are not allowed to attend.
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But India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has argued that the court ruling is an attack on Hindu values.
Nestled atop a steep mountain amid a lush green tiger reserve, it's the site of one of the world's largest annual pilgrimages, with millions of Hindu devotees making the journey each year.
The BJP is not in power in Kerala.
Congress is the main opposition party in the state, which is run by a coalition of left-wing parties. Police arrested more than 2,000 people in October for rioting and unlawful assembly.
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