The Aikya Mala Araya Mahasabha has decided to move the Kerala High Court seeking the restoration of the right of the Mala Araya community to light the Makaravilakku at Ponnambalamedu in Sabarimala.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Mahasabha general secretary P.K. Sajeev said the decision was taken following talks with officials of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) at Sabarimala recently. “The decision was taken on the basis of a suggestion put forward by the representatives of the Board at the meeting. Although we are of the opinion that the stance of the Board in approaching the court to resolve issues related to spiritual matters is incorrect, we are compelled to do the same for our just demand,” he said.

The Sabha also decided to end the Satyagraha that was being held before the TDB headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, he said.

The Mala Araya community would light a symbolic Makaravilakku as per its customs on Monday at 6.45 p.m. at the Sree Sankara Narayana Temple, Moozhickal, where a traditional lamp had been kept lit as a ‘Kedavilakku.’ Lamps would also be lit at the houses of all Mala Araya families at the same time, Mr. Sajeev said.

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