Kerala Chief Secretary Dr Vishwas Mehta reiterated his government’s stand in allowing pilgrims for the Sabarimala festival 2020-21 while adhering to Covid 19 protocol.
In a letter to the Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar today in a span of one week, all pilgrims will have to register on the virtual que portal of Portal Department http://sabarimalaonline.org/.
Initially only 1000 pilgrims per day on weekdays and 2000 pilgrims per day on weekends will be allowed to register on first come first serve basis. Covid negative certificate obtained within 48 hours of darshan will be mandatory for registration, he said and added that entry points will have Antigen test facilities on a cost basis to help others.
Dr Mehta also made it clear that those below 10 years and above 60-65 years will not be permitted. Those with comorbidities should be strictly forbidden from travelling for the pilgrimage. The pilgrims should carry BPL card, Ayushman Bharat card etc at the time of pilgrimage
The government will not allow Ghee Abhishek, bathing at Pampa river and night halt at Sannidhanam, Pampa and Ganapathi Kovil. Pilgrim routes will be restricted to only two routes ie Erumeil and Vadaserrikara routes, the Chief Secretary said.