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Sabarimala tantri removal not discussed: TDB

Amid media reports that the LDF government in Kerala planned to remove the Sabarimala tantri, Travancore Devaswom Board, the apex temple body,Friday said it had not even discussed the matter and the controversy was to create trouble in the coming Makaravilakku festival. TDB president A Padmakumar told PTI that there were several court verdicts on the appointment and powers of the tantri (head priest) of Hindu shrines and the Board could not take a decision without taking into account all these. However, the Kerala Tantri Samajam, an umbrella organisation of head priests of temples in the state, Thursday said that they would approach the Supreme Court and the union government if the CPI(M)-led LDF government takes any decision to remove Kandararu Rajeevaru as the Sabarimala tantri. Rajeevaru faced harsh criticism from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran and other ministers over the purification ceremony he carried out after the entry of two women

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