Section 144 has been imposed at 4 places - Nilakkal, Pamba, Sannidhanam and Elavunkal from midnight amid violent protests against women's entry into Sabarimala Temple.

Portals of the Sabarimala Temple have been opened. The devotees can offer prayers till 10.30 pm today. The portals remain open till 22nd October. However, there can be no women devotees seen since women devotees have been blocked at the Nilakkal base camp and at Pamba by protesters against their entry into the temple. 

The gates of the Sabarimala temple have been opened. However, there's not a single woman outside the gates as of now, as per the visuals being seen on television news channels. There are visuals of women devotees being assaulted by protesters while on their way to Sabarimala.

LDF government is fully responsible for any law and order situation in the state. It's a very unfortunate situation, we aren't responsible. No BJP worker is involved, we're condemning that attempt: MS Kumar, BJP

Rahul Easwar has been arrested by from Nilakkal base camp and a non-bailable FIR has been registered against him. He is kept at Pamba police station. Easwar says to ANI, "I didn't hit any woman there. I was moving to the other direction. It's a vendetta against me."

Protesters have also taken to attacking media crew in Nilakkal where clashes between police and protesters have broken out.

A clash has broken out between protesters and policemen in Nilakkal. According to reports, the police lathicharged the protesters after they hurled stones at personnel.

I can predict what is going on there, I think it is intentional, it's dirty politics they (protesters) are playing. We can't say if they are actual devotees. Supreme Court's order is Constitutional and the government is bound to implement it: KK Shailaja, Kerala Minister

National Commission For Women has taken cognizance of the violence against women by protesters in Kerala.

Protesters block and attack a woman journalist's car in Pathanamthitta. Meanwhile, Rahul Easwar has been detained by police in Pamba.

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Nilakkal, October 17: Kerala remained on the edge as Sabarimala temple opens its door for all women today for the first time following the historic Supreme Court verdict. Heavy security deployment was seen in Nilakkal as hundreds of protesters opposing the apex court's verdict are likley to block women's entry into Sabarimala temple. Catch live updates on women's entry into Sabarimala temple in Kerala here.

In Nilakkal, the police on Wednesday morning used force to disperse devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into Sabarimala temple. Acting tough, the police, deployed in large numbers in Nilackal, some 20 kms away from the Sabarimala hilltop, also removed a makeshift shelter erected by a protesting group Sabarimala Achara Samrakshana Samiti. The police initiated action when protesters tried to block the buses from the key entry point to the temple. Why Sabarimala Didn’t Allow Women into The Shrine in Kerala; All About The History of The Ayyappan Temple.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday vowed to protect the rights of all devotees visiting Sabarimala temple, accusing the BJP and Congress of trying to destroy the state's secular fabric by politicising the issue. Protesters, who had gathered at Nilakal, about 20 km from the foothills of the temple, have been removed. Pathnamthitta district police SP said that they will not allow any protests at Nilakkal.

A Padmakumar, president of Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), the custodian of Sabarimala temple, said that there are no facilities for women devotees, adding that anybody who comes to pray will be allowed inside. On Tuesday, he met the Pandalam royal family, representatives of the Sabarimala Tantri family and other Hindu organisations to see how best the controversy can be resolved but the deadlock continued.

On September 28, a five-judge bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, allowed women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple saying that “no physiological and biological factor can be given legitimacy if it doesn’t pass the test of conditionality”. A section of devotees have been protesting the ruling.