Camera, mobile phones to be restricted in Sabarimala
Pampa: Cameras and mobile phones, including those of mediapersons, will be strictly restricted on the Sabarimala premises, Travancore Devaswom Board president A. Padmakumar said while addressing the media after the assessment meeting of various departments in Sabarimala and the Devaswom Board.
The move is in the backdrop of spreading the visuals from inside the shrine in the social media. Following the campaigns by some centres against contributing to hundi collection in temples, there was a huge decline in the revenue of the temple. The government has also taken the campaign against Aravana seriously.
The consequence of this campaign is suffered by thousands of Hindus who are employees of the temple. The chief minister has assured that the salary or pension of the Devaswom staff will not be affected due to this. He also said that the background of the complainants should be checked.
Rise in pilgrim inflow
Meanwhile, Sabarimala Ayyappa temple witnessed a rise in the number of pilgrims in the past two days. There is also an increase in the number of Malayali devotees visiting the temple. The highest rush of pilgrims in the season was recorded on Friday. 79,200 persons arrived for darshan on December 14. The number of devotees who arrived on December 3 was the highest in the season with 79,098 persons. A total of 55,705 pilgrims arrived at the temple on Saturday till 2 pm.