Kerala: CM’s office intervenes into the process of recovering lands in Sabarimala sacred forests illegally encroached by the Church, asks to slow down as it is a matter of faith

The Kerala Chief Minister’s Office has reportedly intervened into the process of removing illegally planted crosses from the forests belonging to Sabarimala shrine. The CM’s office, as per reports, has asked the local authorities to slow down the process as it is a matter of faith.

The village officer had directed the St Mary’s Catholic Church, Kanayankavayal to remove all the 14 crosses installed on revenue land which was previously owned by a temple.

However, the District collector has now instructed the revenue officials to slow down the process of recovery of the land as it is an issue of ‘faith’. The revenue department also wants to maintain the status quo!

Travancore Devaswom Board president A Padmakumar said that the board owned 269 acres at Panchalimedu, which they lost over a period of time.

“The Bhuvaneshwari Devi temple at Panchalimedu is the original location (Moolakshetram) of Valliyangattu temple. Only remnants of the temple are left at the place. We had 269 acres at Panchalimedu which we lost over a period of time. I had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister to initiate steps to recover the land. There are some issues at the place. But the board and the government had been making arrangements for Sabarimala pilgrims to view Makaravilakku from Panchalimedu every year. We have plans to retrieve the land and restore the temple,” he told to the New Indian Express.