Landmark day for Kerala’s Hindu society

published on November 11, 2008

Work set to build an International Pilgrim Centre For Devotees Of Lord Ayyappa

PATHANAMTHITTA : Today will certainly be a landmark day for Kerala’s Hindu society and for devotees of Lord Ayyappa all over the world.The Sabari Saranasramam Trust, formed by several Hindu organizations, have come up with a multi-faceted practical solution to the several problems faced by Ayyappa devotees year after year. The solution is to construct a centre on the roadside near Pampa, which can be used as a temporary camp by all Ayyappa devotees.

A piece of land measuring 17.40 acres has been purchased and all legal formalities were completed today. Building of facilities for the devotees, designed by well-known architects, will start in the coming days. When completed, around 40,000 Ayyappa devotees can make use of its facilities at a time.

The objectives of constructing such a centre are:


To provide food at subsidized prices so that the devotees can avoid buying inexplicably overcharged food from hotels.


To provide round-the-clock facilities for bath, bhajan and rest.


To provide parking and urgent servicing for vehicles of devotees.


To provide emergency medical treatment for devotees.


To provide outlets for buying essential items at subsidized rates, saving them from being exploited by greedy vendors.


To open information centres manned by volunteers from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Hindi speaking states.


A Seva Kendram, to be built on the same land, will have a permanent Balasadanam (orphanage) for poor and destitute boys from neglected sections of society.


The Seva Kendram will also be used as a vehicle to develop awareness among Ayyappa devotees about the need to protect Hindu places of worship and to give guidance to the young generation.


The continued neglect of ruling Government towards millions of devotees, even after looting crores of money from Sabarimala made Hindu leaders to come up with a such a master plan for the devotees.    



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