Travancore Devaswom Board allows more devotees to visit Sabarimala temple, Covid-19 test mandatory

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The Lord Ayyappa temple was opened for the annual pilgrimage season from November 16 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) had decided to allow  more devotees to visit Sabarimala Temple through the queue booking, which is set to start from Wednesday.

As per the report, the number of pilgrims at Sabarimala has doubled via virtual queue bookings.

According to the officials, the limit of pilgrims has been increased from 1,000 to 2,000 from Monday to Friday. Whereas on weekends, the number has been increased from 2,000 to 3,000.

All necessary precautionary measures have been taken at the temple premises and base camps adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

It is mandatory for devotees to carry coronavirus negative certificates taken 24 hours before they get to Nilackkal and Pamba base camps, where Covid-19 test centres have been set up.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Lord Ayyappa temple was opened for the annual pilgrimage season from November 16. The auspicious Mandala pooja would be held on December 26. After the Makaravilakku ritual on January 14, the temple would be closed on January 20, marking the end of the season.

 

With inputs from Agency

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