Sabarimala revenue crosses Rs 39 crores merely 2 weeks into pilgrimage season
Sabarimala: The Sabarimala temple has generated Rs 39 crores as revenue this year since the beginning of the pilgrimage season. This is double the money generated when compared to last year's pilgrimage season. According to Travancore Devaswom Board, more than eight lakh pilgrims visited the temple in 12 days.
Compared to the pilgrimage season last year which was marred by conflicts relating to the entry of women into Sabarimala, more pilgrims are trekking the Sabarimala hills. This increase is visible in the number of offerings being made by the devotees and rise in other revenues generated. The revenue in the first two weeks of pilgrimage season is estimated to be at Rs. 39.68 crores. Last year it was only Rs 21 crores.
Out of the total revenue, Rs. 15.47 crores were generated through sales of aravana and Rs. 2.5 crores through the sale of appam. Rs. 8 crores more than last year was also generated through kanikka donations.
Even as pilgrims trek the hills peacefully, the tension between the police and the Devaswom board has come out of its veil. The dispute is regarding the arrangements being made for darshan. The board has conveyed their dissatisfaction to the government.