Virtual booking for Sabarimala temple begins from today evening; Read details
Anyone wishing to visit the temple this month on the days mentioned must either have a valid RT-PCR certificate or have had both vaccination doses.
According to the Travancore Devasom Board, Sabarimala pilgrims planning to visit the renowned temple for the five-day season beginning September 17 can arrange their visit from Wednesday evening (TDB). The TDB is the body in charge of overseeing the temple's daily operations. Anyone wishing to visit the temple this month on the days mentioned must either have a valid RT-PCR certificate or have had both vaccination doses. Pilgrims can log on to https://www.onlinetdb.com/tdbweb/dist/login to make reservations online.
Due to the Covid epidemic, only 15,000 pilgrims will be permitted each day. The Sabarimala temple, located in the Western Ghats mountain ranges at an elevation of 914 metres above sea level, is four kilometres uphill from Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, which is around 100 kilometres from the capital city.
The temple, which won a protracted court struggle to maintain the age-old practice of not admitting women who had reached puberty, is only reachable on foot from Pamba. Sabarimala, unlike other temples, is not open daily but rather once a month for five days in addition to its yearly pilgrimage season, which begins in the third week of November and concludes in the second week of January.
In other developments, the Kerala High Court allowed a girl child to accompany her father to Sabarimala for 'darshan.' The court granted access to a similar judgement made in April of this year, as well as a state government directive published on August 4, which stipulates that children can accompany vaccinated individuals in whatever activity they participate in.
The decision came in response to a plea submitted by the little girl, who is nine years old, seeking permission to accompany her father to Sabarimala on August 23.