Dinamalar, 23rd November, 2001
'Dinamalar' opens information centre at Sabarimala:
Sabarimala Nov.23. For the benefit
of pilgrims visiting Sabarimala during the current Mandala and
Makara Festivals, 'Dinamalar' has opened a Information Centre
present there are more inflow of pilgrims from Tamil Nadu and
Kerala. A Police control room has also been established at Pamba
for the benefit of Tamil Pligrims. Madurai Sub.Inspector Mr.Velraj
head the centre.
Devasom Board has established Cardiac Centres at Appachimedu and
better crowd management a new over bridge has been constructed
Dinamani, 19th November, 2001
Imcome at Sabarimala cross 42 lakhs in 2 days:
Sabarimala Nov.18. Sri Ayyappan temple at Sabarimala has earned
an income of 42 lakhs in just 2 days. Of this 18 lakshs amounts
to Hundi collections and the rest amounts to sales of Aravana
of pilgrims has come down due to rain at Pamba and Sannidhanam
and also due to transport strike in Tamil Nadu.
The Hindu, 21st October, 2001
Raman Namboothiri new Sabarimala Melsanthi:
A.R. Raman Namboothiri of Thrikkalathoor Athrasserry Illom in
Muvattupuzha and Mr. V. Sreevalsa Sarma of Neduvathoor Muriayamangalathu
Madhom, near Kottarakkara, were chosen as the new Melsanthis of
the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple and the Malikappuram Devi Temple
in a draw of lots held at the `sopanam' of the respective temples
Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), custodian of the Sabarimala temples,
had short-listed nine priests from among the 33 valid applicants
for the post of the Sabarimala Melsanthi after a personal interview
held in Thiruvananthapuram on October 18. Another set of nine
priests have also been shortlisted for the post of the Malikappuram
Melsanthi from among a total of 10 valid applicants............
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The Times of India, 19th October, 2001
Better facilities at Sabarimala this year :
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Pilgrims trekking to the Sabarimala temple
in Kerala this year can look forward to better medical facilities
and sanitation as well as more efficient crowd control.
the new facilities en route to the hill-top shrine dedicated to
the Hindu god Ayyappa are oxygen kiosks for pilgrims with breathlessness,
an improved base camp near the holy Pamba river and better sanitation.
steep climb from the base camp at Pamba to the temple is an arduous
one and often creates problems for the aged or the feeble.
Devasom Minister G. Karthikeyan, who is in charge of shrines,
said this time a new cardiology centre would start functioning,
besides strengthening of the existing medical facilities.
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The Hindu, 16th October, 2001
orders interview for Melsanthis on Oct. 18:
Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Monday directed the
Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) to hold the interview of the selected
candidates for the posts of Melsathis of Sabarimala and Malikappuram
temples on October 18 and draw the lots for the final selection
on October 20
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The Hindu, 15th October, 2001
Stand-off over melsanthi indicates deeper malaise in Sabarimala:
ongoing controversy over the selection process of the new Melsanthi
at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple has reflected the casual approach
on the part of the concerned authorities to the rituals as well
as the administration of the famous temple, besides putting its
sanctity at stake.
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