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Sabarimala pilgrims throng Palani temple

Staff Reporter

Devotees from Malaysia also visit the place in good numbers

— Photo: G. Karthikeyan. (FILE PHOTO)

CROWDED: A view of Sri Thandayuthapaniswamy Temple at Palani.

PALANI: After the ‘surasamharam’ and Karthikai festival celebrations, Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple here once again is overflowing with Sabarimala pilgrims from various parts of the country as well devotees from Malaysia.

Huge arrival of pilgrims has enhanced hundial collection and increased prasadam sale.

But, they have been facing untold misery, owing to inadequate transport facilities, insufficient basic amenities. They are affected by middlemen.

Even as the temple administration has two types of transport facilities – rope car facility and three winches – to carry pilgrims quickly to the hill temple and back, rope car services were completely suspended following an accident in which four government officers were killed on the spot. And an investigation is under progress.

Moreover, one winch has been completely paralysed for the past one and half years, owing to snag.

The other two winches are the only mode of transportation for the pilgrims to go to the hill temple and back.

Otherwise, pilgrims have to climb through over 600 steps to reach the hill temple.

Massive encroachments by traders and street vendors have reduced the space on Sannadhi Road and Giri Veedhi for movement of pilgrims.

Already pilgrims swarm the Sannadhi Streets, Giri Veedhis and Padha Vinayagar Temple in the morning and evening.

On an average, 250 to 300 tourist buses have been bringing pilgrims to Palani every day.

Private people have been making a thriving business by capitalising on inadequate basic amenities near the temple.

Local traders in collusion with middlemen sell items for abishekam at exorbitant prices.

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