A total of 1250 devotees had booked through online for “darshan” at Sabarimala during the five-day monthly rituals of Malayalam month Thulam, only 750 pilgrims had “darshan” till Wednesday, the closing day of the month.
As many as 250 people were allowed to visit the temple on a single day. However, about half of the devotees did not visit the temple. Majority of the devotees were from other states, sources said on Thursday.
Normally Thulam is the month when most pilgrims come to the temple ahead of the Mandalam-Makaravilakku season. People used to que up for hours to have “darshan” during these five days.
Meanwhile, Travancore Devaswom Board president N Vasu said the pilgrimage held on a trial basis prior to the Mandalam-Makaravilaku season was a success. He opined that the condition to submit Covid negative certificate and antigen test conducted at Nilakkal to trace the infected people made the pilgrimage safer. (Agency)