We will stand firmly with Ayyappa devotees: NSS chief

The Nair Service Society (NSS), an outfit of Kerala's influential Nair community, said it stood firmly with the devotees opposing entry of women in the menstrual age group into the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.

NSS, which has filed a petition seeking review of the Supreme Court verdict over women's entry, held protests with its members chanting Ayyappa mantra across the state to mark its Flag Day.

NSS General Secretary G. Sukumaran Nair said the outfit would organise 'Nama Japa Yajna' (chanting of Ayyappa mantra) on November 13, the day the Supreme Court will consider the review petitions filed against its order lifting the age-old ban on entry of women in the age group of 10-50 into the hill temple.

He expressed hope that the apex court would take a decision to alleviate concerns of the devotees of Lord Ayyappa when it considers the review petitions.

Sukumaran Nair said that NSS would discuss with other organisations and arrive at a decision, if the court decision was not favourable to them.