Five Telugu people from Andhra Pradesh were arrested by Kerala government for pouring Mercury on Dhwajasthambam damaging a new gold-coated flag post at the Lord Ayyappa’s Sabarimala temple.
The ceremonial installation of the sacred flag post had begun yesterday at 11.50 am. It is reported that these devotees have poured Mercury during Dhwajasthambam rituals. It is part of rituals to put 5 materials but by the time these five have reached, the flag post rituals were already done and they have poured mercury along with other materials on the flag post.
CCTV cameras identified and they were caught by temple guards, all these five people from Vijayawada. Kerala govt took it very seriously.
The new flag post was donated by a business group from Andhra Pradesh. It reportedly cost Rs 3.5 crore. The matter has been conveyed to AP CM Chandrababu Naidu.