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New Delhi : Department of Posts has decided to deliver Sabarimala ‘SwamyPrasadam’ to devotees across the country at their doorstep. Keeping in view devotees across the country, Department of Posts conceptualised and developed a comprehensive booking and delivery package for the delivery of “Swami Prasadam” of Sabrimala Temple at the doorstep of the devotees using the vast network of postal department.
Kerala Postal Circle entered into an agreement with Travancore Devaswom Board for this purpose creating a tailor made product. The devotees can now book the Swami Prasadam from any post office in India by paying only Rs 450 for each packet of prasadam. The packet contains one packet of Aravana, Aadiya Sishtam Ney (ghee), Vibhooti, Kumkum, Turmeric, and Archana Prasadam. A devotee can book up to ten packets at a time. As soon as Prasadam is booked under speed post, a message with the speed post number will be generated and intimated to the devotee via SMS. The devotee can track the movement of the Prasadam by logging in to India Post website.
This service was launched all over India with effect from November 6, 2020. There has been tremendous response from the public for this service. Around 9,000 orders have been booked all over India till date and the same is increasing with each passing day, according to a PIB release.
Sabarimala temple has been opened to the devotees for this year’s “Mandalam season pilgrimage” on November 16, 2020. Due to the COVID -19 pandemic situation, the pilgrims had to follow strict protocols for visiting the shrine. Only very limited number of devotees were allowed per day to visit the shrine this season. A substantive number of devotees were not able to fulfil the COVID protocols for getting the darshan of Lord Ayyappa due to the strict restrictions imposed for pilgrimage during this season.