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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Special darshan for the disabled, ailing and elderly - Thiruvanthapuram

In a goodwill gesture for the devotees of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the senior citizens above 60 years, the disabled and the ailing will not have to follow the general queue to enter the temple.
Instead they can take a special darshan from the North Gate entry close to Thiruvambadi nada to enter the Sreekovil of the Temple during 5 pm to 5.30 pm.

Temple executive officer K N Satheesh said that such a special arrangement for the elderly, the disabled and the ailing devotees in the evening will prevent them from standing in long queues and the hardships associated with it. It is being implemented since the last two days and is well-received by the devotees.

Temple manager D Venugopal said though a special darshan is arranged for the elderly devotees, disabled and the ailing in the evening, they will have to carry an identity card or some valid proof to avail the facility.

"Though the physically challenged in wheel chairs and those holding walking sticks can enter the temple, but they will not be permitted beyond Ottakalmandapam, as carrying any support structure is barred inside the main temple," he said. Meanwhile, counting of the devotees' contributions in 58 Kanikkavanchis since the last one week has been completed on Thursday and the total amount is accounted at Rs 83, 32, 268 lakh including Rs 6, 64, 397 lakh on a single day's counting on Thursday, a temple official said. It is the contribution for three months from January to March this year. From next week onwards, the contributions of devotees to the temple will be ascertained regularly. 

Source : TOI , 24th May 2014

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