Low turnout in Sabarimala: TDB mulls other actions to attract more devotees
Sannidhanam: Considering the decreasing number of pilgrims in Sabarimala, Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is planning to take action to attract more devotees to the temple. The board is thinking of putting up advertisements in media of other states.
TDB also plans to convince the devotees from other states about the facilities arranged in Sabarimala and attract more devotees through mouth to mouth publicity. They are also trying to ensure that extending the prohibitory orders will not obstruct the devotees.
If the restrictions cause difficulty to the pilgrims, it will be discussed with the police for a solution. It has been assessed that though a heavy rush was witnessed in Sannidhanam on Monday, there was no increase in the income.
The sale of Appam and Aravana also have diminished. The board alleged that this is part of a conspiracy in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in order to reduce the revenue of Sabarimala. TDB has decided to campaign against these conspiracies.
The condition that Ayyappa devotees should get off at Nilakkal and continue journey to Pampa and Sannidhanam in KSRTC buses still exists. It is assumed that this condition could be a major reason behind the low rush of devotees as many of them book buses externally.