Sabarimala devotees to be allowed through forest path too; only 5 for 'Petta thullal'

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Erumeli: As Sabarimala Mandala Makaravilakku pilgrimage season is round the corner, MLA Sebastian Kulathunkal has informed that the devotees will be permitted to ascend the hills through the forest path too as per COVID protocol. The authorities has also decided to allow 'Petta thullal' at Erumeli. But only 5 pilgrims will be permitted for Petta Thullal, the ritualistic dance.

The MLA was addressing the media after the pilgrimage review meeting held at Erumeli devaswom auditorium.

The devotees who are participating in 'Petta Thullal' will be permitted to use 'Sarakol' and 'Kacha' as per the rituals. But the use of 'Rasasindur' will not be allowed.

In view of the pandemic, devotees are restricted from bathing in the river. Facility for shower bath will be arranged. The Devaswom Board will make arrangements to drain the water from shower bath facilities without polluting the water resources. Panchayat and the health department are also directed to take action to prevent pollution.

Sub collector Rajeev Kumar Choudhary, tehsildar Binu Sebastian, village officer Harris, DYSP Omanakuttan, public representatives, various department officials and representatives of associations attended the meeting.

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