Sabarimala: Devotees seek chance for online booking through virtual queue
Sabarimala: With the commencement of Mandala Makaravilakku pilgrimage, a large number of devotees are enquiring on a chance to book darshan via the virtual queue system.
At present, the online booking website is closed as the fixed number of pilgrims allowed as per the COVID-19 protocol completed the booking.
Hence, devotees from southern states including Kerala are contacting the devaswom board day-by-day seeking a chance for the darshan at the temple.
Though Travancore Devaswom Board and state police mutually launched the virtual queue system for darshan, the police have taken complete control of the website.
Pilgrims have to visit sabarimalaonline.org to book for darshan at the hill shrine.
Online booking is helpful to control the rush and arrange darshan for each pilgrim without any trouble.
Amid the spread of COVID-19, only pilgrims who booked via virtual queue system are allowed to visit the temple.
Only, 86,000 pilgrims are permitted to visit the temple during Mandala Makaravilakku season amid the COVID crisis. The number of allowed pilgrims was fixed as per the recommendation of the government.
The booking which commenced in November was completed on the first day itself. Later, a waiting list of 42,000 pilgrims was prepared.
Shower facility for bathing at Pampa
A special shower facility for bathing is arranged at Pampa Triveni. As the COVID protocol is in force, the government has banned bathing in Pampa river. Hence, the shower facility is arranged for the pilgrims.
60 showers in three units are arranged here.