Lord Ayappa devotees told to not visit Kerala’s Sabarimala temple amid rainfall, floods | Latest News India

Authorities in Kerala have urged devotees of Lord Ayyappa to chorus from visiting the Sabarimala temple within the Pathanamthitta district on Sunday and Monday as heavy rainfall pounded the state and as many as 18 folks lost their lives to rain-related incidents.

The Travancore Devaswom Board has urged devotees not to visit the Sabarimala temple, which had solely simply reopened its doorways for the ‘Thula Masam’ poojas on Saturday, because the Pathanamthitta district witnessed heavy rain and the next rise within the water stage to harmful extents within the Pamba river.

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With the shrine located upon a hilltop amid mountains and dense forests, it can expectedly be tough for devotees to climb the Sabarimala hill in view of the extraordinary rainfall and worry of frequent landslides.

Four folks have died in landslides in Koottickal in Kottayam and Kokkayar within the Idduki district of Kerala. According to Kerala minister VN Vasavan, who’s tenting in Kottayam, the our bodies of three folks, all of who perished within the landslide in Koottickal, have been discovered thus far. Meanwhile, state officers have suggested folks towards visiting vacationer spots and going close to rivers and different water our bodies; roads had been reported to have been broken due to the rains in a number of districts whereas extreme waterlogging has made life depressing for residents in others.

According to the most recent updates, personnel of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and the Indian Navy are at the moment on their approach to the hilly villages the place an overflowing river has swept by means of homes, displacing and isolating many. The Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy additionally stated that it’s “fully ready” to help the native administration in rescue operations.

Sabarimala temple reopening tips, issued earlier this week, famous that devotees might enter the shrine from October 17 to October 21 (Sunday-Thursday), though entry was solely to be permitted by means of digital queue reserving and conditional upon unfavourable RT-PCR coronavirus illness (Covid-19) experiences. The temple will reopen once more for the Atta Chithira pooja on November 2 and shall be closed the following day.

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The Sabarimala temple advanced, a venerable hill shrine for hundreds of thousands of Lord Ayappa devotees, is situated contained in the Periyar Tiger Reserve at Perinad village within the Pathanamthitta district. It can also be thought-about one of many largest annual pilgrimage websites on this planet, with an estimated 40 to 50 million devotees visiting each year.

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