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Sabarimala Pilgrimage from Tomorrow



SABARIMALA:The serene forests of Sabarimala are all set as ever to receive the pilgrims who come in large numbers as another Mandala-Makaravilakku season is dawning on Tuesday. The authorities too have extended additional facilities for the devotees this time. But in all likelihood, the pilgrims may find the going tough if the curbs on voluntary organisations serving free food at Sannidhanam are not lifted. The TDB alone cannot meet the food needs of all the pilgrims who descend on the hill shrine to catch a glimpse of Lord Ayyappa. The Board lacks adequate infrastructure facilities and its food distribution centre at Malikappuram has the capacity to serve free food to only 10,000 pilgrims a day. In this context, the forced withdrawal of voluntary organisations like Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Samajam (SASS) ,Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangham (ABASS),  and Sree Bhoothanatha Annadana Trust will play spoilsport for the pilgrims. And they will have the only option of approaching the hoteliers who would not miss any opportunity to fleece them.