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Asramam Maidan to be made heritage complex

Staff Reporter

Minister inaugurates Kollam Pooram fete

KOLLAM: The Tourism Minister, K.C. Venugopal, said here today that the State Government intends preserving the Asramam Maidan and the adjacent Kollam Guest House complex in Kollam city as a heritage complex.

Inaugurating the Kollam Pooram celebrations, he said that the State Government has succeeded in making the Twelfth Finance Commission allocate Rs. 5 crore for projects to preserve these two sites.

Mr. Venugopal, said the Government will be promoting the cultural tradition and festivals of the State by linking them to tourism. The Minister was inaugurating the Kollam Pooram celebrations at the Asramam Maidan here today, organised in connection with the annual festival of the Asramam Sri Krishna Swamy Temple.

Festivals play a big role in enabling those from other parts of the country and abroad to understand the rich cultural tradition of the State. Announcing that the Government had allocated Rs. 2 lakhs this year towards the Kollam Pooram expenses, he said that more help towards the Kollam Pooram will be considered.

After Thrissur pooram, the biggest Government allocation for such an event is for the Kollam Pooram, he said.

More aid sought

In his presidential address, the Kollam MLA and Labour Minister, Babu Divakaran, said that these days the Kollam Pooram makes the biggest contribution for promoting the cultural heritage of Kollam.

The event has become as grand as the Thrissur Pooram.

He wanted the Government to consider extending more financial support to the Kollam Pooram.

Addressing the gathering, the president of the Travancore Devaswom Board, G. Raman Nair, said that among the 1,700 temples under the management of the Board, the Kollam Pooram has turned to be the biggest festival.

He said that he was proud of that and congratulated the office-bearers of the Asramam temple committee.

The Board will consider increasing financial support for the event.

Earlier at 5 p.m., 60 caparisoned tuskers led by Gajaratnam Guruvayur Padmanabhan moved in a procession from the Asramam Temple to the Asramam Maidan accompanied by thousands of devotees. Gajaratnam Padmanabhan carried the sacred swarna thidambu of Lord Sri Krishna, the presiding deity of the Asramam Temple, to the Pooram grounds.

He was flanked by the equally imposing tuskers, Mahadevan and Anantapadmanabhan.

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