Online booking for Makara Jyothi starts at Sabarimala
Chief Minister Binarayi Vijayan decided after a meeting earlier this month to study the state’s Govt-19 situation regarding the entry of devotees into Sabarimala during the pilgrimage.
Online booking for Mandala-Makaravilakku has started at the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Bookings began on Monday, according to Dinamalar and other local publications.
The Mandala-Makaravilakku Pilgrimage period starts from November 16 and only 25,000 devotees will be allowed daily in the early days.
Local media has reported that devotees can upload relevant details and photos on the official website of Sabarimala and make a reservation.
After a meeting earlier this month to review the situation of Govt-19 in the state, Chief Minister Binarayi Vijayan decided on the entry of devotees during the pilgrimage. It was attended by the Chief Ministers of Angels, Transport, Forest, Health and Water Resources and State Police.
Other guidelines for managing the congestion of pilgrims in Sabarimala, developed at the meeting, said the virtual queue system would continue and only those who had taken two vaccines or had a negative RT-PCR report would be allowed inside the temple.
At the meeting, it was decided that the Devaswom Board should arrange for the offering of ‘Neyyabhishekam’ (anointed ghee) to all and that the devotees would not be allowed to stay in the sanctum sanctorum after the darshan.
Apart from these restrictions, vehicles will only be allowed up to the landfill, from where KSRTC buses will be used to reach the Pamba River, where bathing is permitted.
The Chief Minister also suggested that the pilgrims who were not positive about covid-19 but suffering from diseases should come for the pilgrimage only after a health check-up.
In the last 24 hours, 6,996 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Kerala, according to a state health report on Monday.
In the last 24 hours in the state, there were 84 Covid related deaths and 16,576 people recovered from the epidemic. There are 1,01,419 active Covid-19 cases in the state.
After crossing the 30,000 mark after the Onam festival in August, the state is showing a decline in daily new cases.
Meanwhile, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said on Monday that more than 80 per cent of people over the age of 18 in the state have Covid-19 antibodies, according to a recent zero-spread study conducted by the LDF government. The Minister was responding to questions regarding the survey raised at the state level.