Thiruvananthapuram: In the wake of restrictions imposed on the entry of devotees to Sabarimala temple amid the lockdown, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) will start online offering facility at the temple. The board took the decision in a meeting held on Tuesday.
TDB president N Vasu informed that devotees will be able to pay offerings via online to Lord Ayappa at Sabarimala temple for this Vishu festival which falls on April 14.
After successfully implementing the virtual offering facility at Sabarimala, TDB plans to extend the system to all temples under it.
Offerings including ‘Ganapathihomam’, ‘Neeranjanam’, ‘Bhagavathyseva’ and ‘Archana’ are listed for the online facility. As the presence of devotees is mandatory for offerings like ‘Padipuja’, it is impossible to carry out such pujas via online.
The board also decided that restrictions for devotees at the temple will be carried out as per the order of the state and central government after April 14 which marks the culmination of the current lockdown. At the same time, TDB took a firm decision that devotees will not be allowed at Sabarimala temple even if the government lifts the restrictions. This decision was taken to check the spread of coronavirus.
Amidst the financial crisis, TDB also decided to donate Rs 1 cr to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.