Demonetisation makes Sabarimala temple go digital, introduce e-hundi to receive offerings
To tide over the cash crunch in the wake of demonetisation, the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, where lakh of devotees converge during the pilgrimage season which began on 16 November, has introduced 'e-hundi' for electronic transfer of offerings.
Thiruvananthapuram: To tide over the cash crunch in the wake of demonetisation, the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, where lakh of devotees converge during the pilgrimage season which began on 16 November, has introduced 'e-hundi' for electronic transfer of offerings.
Lakh of devotees from across the country worship at the temple during the three-month-long Mandalam Makaravilakku festival, for which the hill shrine was opened on 15 November.
Ajay Tharayil, member of the Travancore Devaswom Board that manages the temple, said there would be no limit for offerings with debit cards. With a credit card, a devotee can offer even Rs one, he said.
The new system would benefit several devotees coming from other parts of the country, he said, adding, it would be installed at other points as well in due course.
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