//Govt offers 23 Lakhs tax exemption to Sabarimala Temple

Govt offers 23 Lakhs tax exemption to Sabarimala Temple

Travancore Devasvom Board will  save Rs.23 lakhs following the Government decision not to collect commercial tariff for the electricity supplied to Sabarimala. Travancore Devaswom Board president G. Raman Nair has said that the revenue collection at Sabarimala during the annual Mandalam-Makaravilaku pilgrim season as on January 13 was .62.5 crores ( Rs.62,56,70,070)
Last year the collection was Rs.57.75 crores. The revenue collected through the sale of Aravana payasom and Appam was Rs.23,04,14,435 and Rs.6,21,01,389 respectively. The hundi collection during the period was Rs.22,49,12,172, besides Rs.55,59,239 collected by way of sale of Neyyabhishekom tickets, he said.

The TDB authorities said that the Kerala State Electricity Board had kept its word by commissioning the power supply to the Nilackal base camp on January 12. Mr. Nair said the annual temple festival at Sabarimala would be held from April 2 to 11. Meanwhile, the Sabarimala Sannidhanam continued to witness heavy rush on Sunday as scores of pilgrims trekked the holy hillock even after Saturday’s Makarajyoti darshan.

Tens of thousands of Ayyappa devotees from different parts of the country witnessed the appearance of the auspicious Makarajyoti on the Makarasankramom day on Saturday. The Makarajyoti was sighted at around 6.35 p.m. followed by a bright flame flickering thrice immediately after the deeparadhana at 6.45 p.m.

Devaswom Minister K.C. Venugopal, TDB president G. Raman Nair, M.B. Sreekumar, Punalur Madhu, both members, Justice Arijit Pasayat of the Supreme Court, Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan, Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Sabarimala Special Commisioner D. Sreevallabhan, E.K. Bharath Bhushan, Principal Secretary, and Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi were among those who witnessed the annual event.

Inspector General of Police T.P. Senkumar said that blocking of the pilgrim flow to the Sannidhanam at Pampa from January 12 afternoon had made crowd management easy this time.  The Kalabhabhishekom will be held on January 18 and the temple will be closed after the Athazha puja on January 19 evening.

The annual Guruti ritual at Malikappuram will be held, later around 10.30 pm. The Ayyappa temple will be opened at 7 a.m. on January 20 to facilitate the customary exclusive darshan of the deity by the royal representative.  The temple will be closed in the next half-an-hour, marking the culmination of the annual pilgrim season.

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