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Sabarimala temple goes digital and sets up Google Pay to receive offers


Now make offerings to the temple of Sabarimala via Google Pay

Travancore Devaswom’s board of trustees who run the temple urged government to allow more flexibilities for worshipers

Worshipers line up to visit the temple of Sabarimala.  Credit: PTI Photo

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala has improved digital payment options by introducing the Google Pay feature.

The QR code for making the offering via Google Pay was displayed in 22 locations near the temple so that worshipers could make digital payments instead of placing offerings in the offering boxes. Offers could also be made from anywhere in the world via the Google Pay number – 9495999919.

Krishnakumar Warrier, executive director of the Sabarimala Temple, said steps would be taken to display the QR code in more places and the installation should be well received.

When Covid restrictions were imposed on the number of pilgrims allowed to enter the temple, online payment facilities for making offerings were introduced.

Meanwhile, the board of directors of Travancore Devaswom which runs the temple urged the government to allow further relaxations for worshipers.

The board suggested that those who took both doses of the Covid vaccine should be allowed to darshan without a reservation on the virtual queue system and hike along the traditional ‘Neelimala’ route. Temple authorities are also pushing to allow pilgrims to stay on temple premises until 12 p.m.

Children under the age of five are exempt from the obligation to reserve on the virtual queue for darshan.

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