Cash-strapped Sabarimala to start express ‘prasad’ delivery - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Cash-strapped Sabarimala to start express ‘prasad’ delivery

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By
Nov 06, 2020 12:23 PM IST

TDB officials said through home delivery of prasad, they expect to make up for the financial losses the temple has suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which runs Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple, has said devotees can book the shrine’s prasad online beginning Friday for home deliveries by post. The prasad will be priced Rs450 and include aravan payasam (pudding), holy ash, sandal paste, turmeric powder, and flowers. The deliveries will begin from November 16 when the temple will open for its three-month-long seasonal pilgrimage.

Sabarimala temple reopens for the first time in October after being closed in March.(File photo)
Sabarimala temple reopens for the first time in October after being closed in March.(File photo)

TDB officials said through home delivery of prasad, they expect to make up for the financial losses the temple has suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

An India Post official said prasad packets will be given special preference and will be delivered through speed post.

The government has allowed 1,000 pilgrims to visit the shrine daily during the pilgrimage season but TDB officials said they will not be enough to make up for the losses. It turned down TDB’s request to increase the number of pilgrims.

Kerala reported a high positivity rate of 11.11% as of Thursday against the national average of 6% and 84,087 active Covid-19 cases.

TDB chairman N Vasu said they hope the online delivery of prasad will help them tide over the financial crisis. “We have already made elaborate arrangements for packing...” He added the prasad will be delivered in Kerala in two days and in up to seven days elsewhere.

The shrine was opened for the monthly puja last month with strict restrictions in place. Though 250 pilgrims were allowed per day, the footfall was very low.

The temple was closed for devotees on March 18, a week before the first Covid-19 lockdown came into force.

The revenue generated from Sabarimala is used to fund smaller temples and to pay salaries of TDS’s 3500-odd employees.

During the last pilgrimage season from November 2019 to January, the temple earned Rs263. 57 crore. Aravana payasam, which is made of rice, jaggery, ghee and cardamom, accounts for the temple’s 60% revenue.

Pilgrims from five south Indian states mostly throng the temple nestled in Western Ghats in Pathanamitta district during the annual season. At the peak of season, at least 500,000 devotees would visit the shrine daily.

Catch every big hit, every wicket with Crickit, a one stop destination for Live Scores, Match Stats, Infographics & much more. Explore now!

See more

Stay updated with Mp Election Result and all top Cities including, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and more across India. Stay informed on the latest happenings in World News

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, July 15, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On