Sabarimala pilgrimage: New arrangements bring relief to pilgrims

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Sabarimala: The latest arrangements made in Sabarimala to control the huge rush turned out to be a relief to pilgrims on Tuesday. The darshan timing was extended to one more hour during noon and night. ‘Neyyabhisheka’ timing was also increased by one and a quarter hours during rush hours.

As many as 89,966 devotees had booked darshan via virtual queue booking for Tuesday. By considering this, the authorities maintained the queues more efficiently and controlled the entry of pilgrims via holy steps.

The authorities informed that more volunteers would be deployed if necessary and all required interventions were made to ensure security and comfortable darshan for pilgrims.

Regular announcements were made in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam languages to avoid pilgrims from staying in the shrine for a long time after darshan.

If a heavy rush is experienced in sannidanam, the devotees will be allowed to proceed only in a phased manner from Pamba and Nilakkal.

The officials have decided to open the queue complexes in Sharamkuthi Aal. The maximum number of devotees who can book daily via the virtual queue will be fixed at 90,000. The upper limit of ‘vazhipadu’ (offerings) and ‘abhisheka’ will also be restricted. Only 15 ‘Ashtabhisheka’ and ‘Pushpabhisheka’ are being conducted in the temple daily.

The latest changes were brought in after the appointment of a new special officer in sannidanam. A special meeting was convened under Sabarimala ADM P Vishnu Raj at sannidanam to control the crowd.

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