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Sabarimala Temple to be opened to devotees

The Sabarimala temple will be opened to devotees starting 5 days from Friday during the month Malayalam month of Thulam.

Amid coronavirus, the temple will be opened and as per Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) only 250 people will be allowed to visit on a single day and booking will be done on a first come first serve basis and a virtual queue for the portal will be opened to the public.

For pilgrims who want to visit, the Covid-19 test report is mandatory, and it needs to be taken 48 hours before reaching Pamba. If you have not taken the covid-19 test, then they can undertake the test at Nilackal base camp. Due to coronavirus, the pampa river will not be allowed for devotees to take bath however, special showers have been arranged where pilgrims can take bath.

Also, the board has also informed that toilet and bathroom facilities have been set up at Pampa, Nilakkal, and Sannidhanam with sanitizers, soaps, and water will be arranged at various points.

The devotees need to ascend and descend via Swami Ayappan Road and special marks have been put in place for devotees to perform darshan and sannidham and it will be followed via Covid-19 rules and regulations.

None of the devotees will be allowed to stay at Sabarimala as the accommodation will not be allowed. In addition to regular Pujas, Udayasthamana poojas and Padi poojas will also be held said the TDB said.

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