Sabarimala: TDB mulling entry of devotees for monthly poojas during Thulam on trial basis
Pathanamthitta: The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is considering allowing entry of devotees to the Sabarimala temple during monthly poojas in Thulam on a trial basis. This is part of the TDB’s plan to grant entry of devotees to the temple during the Mandala pilgrimage season.
TDB believes that entry of pilgrims on trial can be permitted if the evaluation meeting chaired by the Chief Minister grants permission. Entry of pilgrims on trial will be carried out with the cooperation of the Health, Revenue and Police departments.
Prior to the test entry, the TDB is also planning to conduct antigen tests for devotees at Nilakkal. However, subjecting a large number of people to antigen tests will be a challenge.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, devotees have been banned in Sabarimala since monthly poojas in Meenam.
Recently, Devaswom Minister Kadakamally Surendran had chaired a meeting to discuss preparations for the Mandala pilgrimage season. During this meeting, it was decided that 10,000 devotees with COVID-19 negative certificates can be granted entry to the temple every day.
Govt to take final decision
“We are planning for entry of devotees to the Sabarimala temple on trial basis during monthly poojas in Thulam under strict regulations. But a decision will be taken only after permission from the state government and Health department, said N. Vasu, president, Travancore Devaswom Board.