Kochi:  Vodafone India, telecom service provider, has announced a series of services for pilgrims to Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala. It has offered a Sabarimala Portal through which users can download and dedicate Ayyappa devotional caller tunes and ringtones. Subscribers can access this portal by dialling 567656 at 30 paise a minute. Vodafone has provided the police control room at Sannidhanam with eight phones with a dedicated helpline number – 9946100100. Pilgrims can call this number in medical emergencies or to register lost property. They can get information on temple opening timing and prasadam rates. Vodafone volunteers will distribute pocket calendars that will outline details concerning the temple opening timing from the current 2011 mandalam season to mandalam season 2012. Since plastic bags are banned in the vicinity of the temple, Vodafone will provide the Travancore Devaswom Board eco-friendly bags to serve prasadam to pilgrims at the counter. Vodafone, along with the Ranni Forest Division, will put up 60 boards along the road from Nilackal to Pampa carrying messages on saving trees and avoiding plastic.

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