A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday suggested widening of the 18 holy steps (Pathinettam Padi) as well as the doors of the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple for facilitating easy darshan of the deity by all devotees.
A Bench comprising Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair and Justice P.S. Gopinathan made the suggestions while considering a report of the Sabarimala Special Commissioner and a petition complaining about lack of facilities for the devotees to have proper darshan at the temple.
The court suggested putting in place a conveyor at the temple so that crowding and jostling by devotees in front of the sanctum sanctorum could be avoided.
The court said it might not be possible to make major alterations to the temple structures such as widening of the doors of the sanctum sanctorum and the holy steps before the commencement of the forthcoming season.
If a plan was finalised now by the Travancore Devaswom Board, works could be started soon so that at least by the next season the temple would be able to provide easy darshan for the devotees.
The court pointed out that the Special Commissioner had pointed out that many devotees had to leave the temple without having a glance of the deity. Some of the devotees had to wait for 12 to 14 hours in the queue. They had to forgo food and water.