Desai reached Kochi this morning to visit the Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala.
According to the new police rules that came into effect from Friday, no pilgrim is allowed to proceed to the temple after 7 p.m.as the temple closes for the day at 10 p.m.
A 46-year-old woman, who arrived from nearby Kazhakootam to go to Sabarimala, was turned back from Chengannur Saturday, following protests from devotees. Despite the police efforts, Desai was not allowed to leave the airport, forcing her to return to Mumbai late night yesterday.
The temple had opened Friday evening for the 64-day annual pilgrimage season as the stand-off continued over entry of menstrual age women into the shrine following a Supreme Court order September 28.
The board managing Sabarimala temple approached the supreme court on Monday to lodge a plea for more time to admit women, citing lack of infrastructure.
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The women informed the media that they had wanted to go for a darshan and had undertaken the required penance for it, but had abandoned their plans for the moment due to tension prevailing in the temple town.
"We are planning to extend the protest to six or seven states. I am here with other locals to protest against the arrest of devotees", said demonstator Raghunathan Nair. The Bharatiya Janata Party - which holds power at the national level but only a single seat in the Kerala legislature - has seized on the temple controversy as a chance to present itself as the defender of Hindus and their faith.
More than 3,400 police, many in riot gear, lined routes to the temple on Friday.
"Why can't RSS and BJP leaders enter Sabarimala?".
Police say about 800 women between the ages of 10 and 50 have registered online to visit the shrine during the pilgrimage season, but none so far have requested official protection for the trek, which involves a almost three-mile walk to reach the temple. Shops and hotels near the temple complex were open. She declined to give her views on the conflict but said that she is positive that whatever happens will be the god's will. Sabarimala pilgrims are not extremists.
Protestors had gathered in large numbers in front of the Chittar Police Station last night soon after the BJP leaders and others were brought to the police station.