Visitors to Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple need not stand in queues under makeshift thatched-roofs while waiting for ‘darshan’ anymore.
For, 25 mobile sun shelters have been installed near the south tower under which visitors can queue up to the Amman Sannathi. The shelters, made of poly-carbon sheets, have been aesthetically designed and can accommodate two rows of people.
Temple officials said that since the shelters had wheels, they could be moved depending on the crowd at particular time.
“Earlier, we used to erect thatched shelters on Adi streets since the stone floors become hot in summer. These mobile units are convenient and have an aesthetic appeal as well,” said an engineer at the temple.
Devotees have been thronging the temple on the auspicious ‘Mahasivarathri. The movable units, which were installed on Monday, came in for appreciation from devotees who have been visiting the temple since then.
“We have submitted a proposal for 50 movable shelters and received 25 units. When the rest of the units are ready, we will place them from the south tower to the west tower where the queues stand usually,” said an official from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department.
The mobile shelters have been sponsored by Shanthimalai Trust in Tiruvannamalai.