9000 pilgrims visit Sabarimala in 1st week
Sabarimala: When it has been one week since Sabarimala temple opened during Mandalam-Makaravilakku season, only 9,000 pilgrims visited the temple this year. Last time, about 3 lakh pilgrims had come to the temple during this time.
After the COVID restrictions were imposed, the highest number of devotees visited the temple on Saturday. Devotees gathered at Valiya Nadappanthal, 18 Steps and Vavar temple also.
A total of 1,959 pilgrims had darshan at Sabarimala on Saturday. 1,573 pilgrims came on Sunday. The income also was affected due to decrease in number of devotees. Last year, there was an income of Rs 3 crore per day and this has dropped to less than Rs 10 lakh now.
During normal days, 1000 pilgrims are allowed in the temple and 2000 are allowed on weekend. Around 950-1050 people came from Monday to Friday and this touched 2000 in Saturday and Sunday. The authorities said that 40 percent people who have registered through online booking did not come to the temple.
Even after 2000 people came on Saturday, the police managed to follow COVID protocols. 351 marks have been made in the Nadappanthal to ensure social distancing. Also there are facilities to clean hands and legs on the Nadappanthal premises.