A centuries old ban was broken when two women walked into a South Indian shrine.
The women, devotees of the temple deity, Lord Ayyappa, entered around dawn.
The Sabarimala temple was historically closed to women of “menstruating age” – defined as between 10 and 50. A Supreme Court decision in September 2018 overturned the ban but protesters had stopped women from entering.
After today’s event, more violent protests took place.