Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of 'Art of Living' foundation, on Friday, appealed the people of Kerala for peace and to restrain from violence and wait for the Supreme Court's decision on the review petition on Sabrimala temple row.

"It's a pity that Kerala, a state known for progress and communal harmony, is burning. I call on everyone to keep calm and restrain from acts of violence. We have to wait for the Supreme Court's decision on the review petition," said Sri Sri Ravishankar.

Protests erupted across Kerala on Wednesday after two women in the hitherto banned age group entered the Sabarimala temple before dawn, with the Sabarimala Karma Samithi (SMS) calling for a state-wide shutdown on Thursday.

The shutdown saw major violence with nearly 100 people getting injured including the police personnel

Sri Sri, however, also asserted that no such action should be taken that could result in violence and that "the temple traditions must be respected".

"When the Sabarimala matter is sub judice, no action should have been taken that would have caused heartburn and turmoil in our society. While Kerala has not left any stone unturned for its women empowerment, the temple traditions and sentiments of devotees should be respected," he said.

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