KERALA

Sabarimala collection touches Rs. 30-cr.

PATHANAMTHITTA Dec. 25. The total revenue collection at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple during the ongoing Mandalam season crossed Rs. 30 crores on Tuesday.

According to the TDB public relations officer, Mohan Perinad, the total revenue collection at Sabarimala as on Tuesday was Rs. 30,63,90,613. He said that the revenue collection during the same period in the previous season was only Rs. 26,33,21,478.

Mr. Perinad said that the revenue through the sale of Aravana payasam alone was Rs. 10,83,42,705 as on Tuesday which was only Rs. 8,98,58,875 during the same period in the previous season.

Meanwhile, the sale of Appam has recorded a collection of Rs. 3,81,40,130 while the Hundi collection was Rs. 11,21,71,786 as on Tuesday, he added.

The police sources at Sannidhanam say that a heavy rush of devotees continues at the holy hillock for the fourth day today.

The police had to block the flow of pilgrims heading towards Sannidhanam at Pampa for a few hours on Tuesday night so as to ease the human pressure at the holy hillock and on the trekking path.

Meanwhile, the procession carrying the Thanka Anki to Sabarimala was accorded a rousing reception at the Malayalapuzha Devi Temple this morning.

The Thanka Anki procession reached the Perinad Sastha Temple this evening and would proceed to Pampa via Lahai, Nilackal and Chalakayam tomorrow.

The Devaswom Minister, G. Karthikeyan, will receive the sacred golden attire. The Akhila Bharatha Ayyappaseva Sanghom volunteers will take the Anki to Sannidhanam from Pampa, later in the afternoon.

The Ayyappa idol will be adorned with the Anki prior to the Deeparadhana tomorrow.