Pilgrims from TN, Telangana oppose virtual queue system in Sabarimala


M K Suresh

The request was put forward by Ayyappa devotees, bhakt groups and other institutions to the representatives of Travancore Devaswom Board.

Sabarimala | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The devotees from Tamil Nadu have requested to avoid the virtual queue for having darshan at Sabarimala temple. The request was put forward by Ayyappa devotees, pilgrims associations and other institutions to the representatives of the Travancore Devaswom Board who came seeking help for the development of Sabarimala temple.

Telangana devotees had earlier requested the Devaswom Board to avoid the virtual queue system at Sabarimala Temple. The devotees and institutions in Tamil Nadu promised to help with the renovation work of old buildings at Sannidhanam. They also expressed concerns over the difficulties faced in the temple.

The meeting was held in Chennai. Later, the devotees and pilgrims associations were met by the board members at Mahabalipuram Ayyappa temple. Board members including K S Ravi, P M Thankappan and chief engineers also took part in the meeting. The president informed that financial support from Tamil Nadu and Telangana to renovate seven buildings in Sabarimala has been confirmed.

The institutions in Telangana have promised to help to install a roof on 'Pathinettampadi' that works on electricity. The Devaswom Board convened the meeting in South Indian states to overcome the financial crisis due to the drop in number of pilgrims arriving at Sabarimala and to seek help of Ayyappa devotees from other states for the development of Sabarimala.

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