Sabarimala (Kerala): The total revenue received by the hill shrine of Sabarimala in the first five days since the commencement of pilgrimage season has crossed Rs 8 crore, about one crore higher than the proceeds in the corresponding period last year.
According to the temple administration, a total amount of
Rs 8,33,83,914 was received by the shrine through various
means including the cash offerings from the devotees since
the `mandala` season pilgrimage began on November 17.
Last year, it was 7,44,39,026.
The revenue from the sale of `aravana` prasadam stood at
Rs 3.28 crore cash offerings in hundies at Rs 3.36 crore and
the proceed through sale of `appam` prasadam Rs 69.20 lakh
temple release said.
There had been heavy rush of pilgrims since the very first
day of the pilgrimage, despite inclement weather which caused
hardships to them in the last two days. However, weather had
improved by this morning following let up in rains.
The authorities, however, warned the pilgrims to take due
care while taking bath at the river Pampa, which is swollen
and having strong currents due to downpour at the upper