It seems there’s no respite for Kerala from the protests. After Sabarimala row, now it’s the controversy mulled over Agasthyarkoodam hill. The Kani tribe has been protesting the entry of women to the hilltop as it’s against their culture and tradition.
The Kani tribe who lives on the foothills of the Agasthyarkoodam hill say that women trekking to the peak would cause irreparable damage to the celibacy of Agasthya, who protects the hills.
According to the mythology, Sage Agasthya, who is believed to have penned some of the hymns in Rig Veda and made occasional appearances in Ramayana and Mahabharata, had chosen the Agasthyarkoodam as his final resting place.