Malabar Devaswom to intervene as fake websites mushroom to deliver prasada online

By PP Libishkumar

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Kannur: Evoked by the mushrooming of fraudulent websites that provide online delivery of prasada and offerings, Malabar Devaswom Board is planning to intervene. ‘E-pooja’ and ‘I-Prathana’ are some such sites that claim to act as a middlemen platform for temples across the state. However, Devaswom Boards in the state revealed they have no connection with these websites.

It may be noted that closure of temples during Covid-19 pandemic lockdown period led to the growth of the fraudulent websites. These websites claim that they deliver services at door steps as is done by temples. To portray themselves as authorized ones, these websites list their associations with temple managements. Interestingly, those who paid for the services never receive it.

It is in this juncture Malabar Devaswom Board is intervening. There are around 1340 temples under Malabar Devaswom Board. However, there is no integrated online website listing them. Devaswom commissioner IN Neelakantan said that there is a plan to integrate services such as poojas and offerings in the temples under the Board.

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