It’s now possible for devotees anywhere in the world to reach Goddess Meenakshi of Madurai sitting at home – through the internet as the famous temple’s e-puja was activated recently.
By accessing the website maduraimeenkashi.org, devotees can book pujas or abhishekams and order prasad by paying Rs 500 to Rs 2,250.
“Traffic is picking up gradually as we have not promoted it (e-puja) in a big way yet,” deputy commissioner of the temple B Raja told HT. So far 10 per cent of 600 registered users have ordered pujas, he added. “We are sure the numbers will multiply once more people come to know about this service,” said Raja.
After registering their names with the website, devotees need to enter their personal information such as their name, rasi, natchathiram, gothram. They can then specify the name of the puja they want performed and the date. They can even sponsor the daily annadanam for Rs 2,250. For an extra charge, all paid through credit cards, sandal paste prasad would be sent from any of the six major deities.
The temple website has been designed and hosted by Madurai-based software company Winways Systems, a major advocate of open source software.
Tirumala Tirupathi was the first temple to enter the e-age with internet-based services from booking rooms to pujas.