Kerala govt to allow more devotees to Sabarimala

Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has decided to allow more devotees daily to visit the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple.

The number of devotees has been increased from the present 1,000 to 2,000 on week days and from 2,000 to 3,000 on weekends and holidays.All necessary precautionary measures have been taken at the shrine premises and base camps adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

Meanwhile, several people including pilgrims, police personnel and temple employees, have tested positive for coronavirus in Sabarimala so far since the Lord Ayyappa temple was opened for the annual pilgrimage season on November 16.Doctors, including specialists, have been posted on a rotation basis in Sabarimala.

The auspicious Mandala pooja would be held on December 26.