The Mala Araya Samyuktha Samara Samithy spearheading the agitation to reclaim the right to light the sacred flame at Ponambalamedu on the Makaravilakku day, has decided to intensify the agitation.
The Makaravilakku Mahasangamom, organised here decided to hold ‘Akhanda Ayyappa Nama Japom’ and fasting , before the headquarters of the Travancore Devaswom Board from January 9 to 13.
On January 14, the Makaravilakku day, thousands of Mala Araya activists would carry the ‘Makara Deepam’ kept at Sree Sankara Narayana Temple, Moozhickal, to Ponambalamedu.
The Samithy will have the support of organisations including KPMS, Hindu Aikya Vedi, Viswa Hindu Parishad, Veera Saiva Sabha, SC-ST Joint Council, Ayyappa Bhakta Seva Sanghom and Dheevara Service Society.
The Mala Araya community has been engaged in a struggle to regain their lost rights in connection with the traditions and customs at Sabarimala Sri Ayyappa temple.
They had maintained that the community had a special place in the legend of Lord Ayyappa and that traditionally, it was the community which had lighted the sacred lamp at Ponambalamedu on the Makaravilakku day.