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Neyyabhishekom coupons through bank

Pilgrims climbing the Neelimala on the Pampa-Sannidhanam traditional trekking path on their way to the Sabarimala temple, while others descend the hillock after having a darshan of Lord Ayyappa. Photo: Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

Pilgrims climbing the Neelimala on the Pampa-Sannidhanam traditional trekking path on their way to the Sabarimala temple, while others descend the hillock after having a darshan of Lord Ayyappa. Photo: Radhakrishnan Kuttoor  

PATHANAMTHITTA, NOV. 29. Ayyappa devotees can now collect the coupons of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) for the Neyyabhishekom ritual at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple through the Dhanalakshmi Bank counters across the country. The Dhanalakshmi Bank formally launched the sale of the Neyyabhishekom coupons at a function held at the Sree Dharma Sastha Charitable Society (SDSCS) Hall at Thiruvalla today.

The thantri of the Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha Temple, Akkeeramon Kalidasa Bhattathiri, inaugurated the scheme by selling 101 coupons to the society patron, Thankam Radhakrishnan Nair. The society secretary, Sreedevi Balachandran, presided over the meeting. The bank manager, P.V. Ashok, was among those who spoke.

The Neyyabhishekom coupons will be on sale at all the branches of the Dhanalakshmi Bank at the TDB rate of Rs. 9 for three Mudras (ghee-filled coconuts), according to Mr. Ashok.

The TDB-Dhanalakshmi Bank joint venture was in view of the heavy rush at the TDB coupon counters at Sabarimala, he added.

Hurt in accident

Ten pilgrims were injured when a Maruti car and an Ambassador car carrying them collided at Kottooppara near Perinad on the main trunk road to Pampa today.

According to Pathanamthitta General Hospital sources, the injured pilgrims are Biju, 19, Sajeev, 27, Sunil Kumar, 22, Tinu, 23, Saiju, 24, and Santhosh, 29, all from Kollam, and Biju, 25, Mohanan, 55, Rajesh, 33 and Shajeer, 25, from Attingal.

The injured were administered first-aid at the General Hospital in Pathanamthitta before they were referred to the Medical College Hospitals at Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam for advanced medical care, the police said.

Apollo Hospital unit

The KPCC president, Thennala Balakrishna Pillai, who is also the president of the Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sanghom (ABASS), inaugurated the emergency medical care unit of the Chennai-based Apollo Hospital at the ABASS camp at Pampa today.

The ABASS general secretary, N.Sreenivasan, presided over the inaugural function.

Cleaning drive

The volunteers of the National Service Scheme (NSS), attached to the Nedumudy Nair Samajam NSS Higher Secondary School in Alappuzha district, launched a cleaning drive in the River Pampa today.

The schoolchildren removed cloths and other wastes at Triveni and the Pampa bathing ghats as part of the drive.

Heavy rush

Heavy rush of devotees for the holy darshan of the presiding deity continued for the fourth consecutive day at Sabarimala today.

Pilgrims had wait in the long-winding queue that went past Saramkuthi, 3 k.m. away from the Sannidhanam, on the traditional trekking path in the morning. The police regulated the flow of pilgrims using ropes as part of the crowd control measure.

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