No free darshan at Padmanabha Temple
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It may be hard to believe; but, you need to. The officials of the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, where a tre hermes uk asur hermes uk e estimated to be worth more than 50,000 crore has been unearthed, still continue to exploit devotees. Any devotee who reaches the temple without precautions will have to shed 70 to 100 for managing an entry into the premises of Lord Padmanabha.
The long pending demand for rationalising the amounts collected under various heads from devotees who visit the temple will gather momentum with the new revelations on the wealth of the temple.
There are not many places in Kerala where one has to pay a price to take a dip in a pond. But, if you wish to take a dip in the Padmatheertham pond before having a ‘darshan’ at the temple, you have to pay 5. While taking a dip, if you are moved by the swaying fishes beneath the water and are tempted to feed them, you have to buy another ticket by paying an additional 5.
These sums will sound ‘petty’, if you really get to know about some other rates applicable in the temple. For keeping valuables in the cloak ro hermes uk om, one has to pay amounts unheard of in other pilgrim centres. Cellphone 15; camera 15; bag 7; shirt 2; pants 2; vests 2; chappal Re 1 and umbrella Re 1 are the published rates of the temple management.
After paying all these, one has to borrow ‘mundu’ and shawl from the same counter as pants and shirts are not allowed inside. The rent of a ‘dhoti’ for 15 or 20 minutes is 15! If you need a towel or shawl, you have to shed an additional 5 or 7.
On Friday, when City Express visited the temple premises, we met a t hermes uk eam of tourists from Chennai. One of them was waiting in front of East Nada with all their bags and valuables for escaping the daylight looting.
“I was not aware that ‘salwar’ is not permitted inside. To get a ‘dhoti’ from the counter, I paid 15 and got an unwashed one, which was used by somebody else. I think levying some 2 would be fine to make such an arrangement,” said Gurminder Kaur from Delhi who visited the temple with family on Friday. Her family of four was spared from paying charges for their heavy luggage as they kept it inside the cab.
But, for parking the cab that is full of luggage, she had to pay 20.
The parking rates at East Nada, where normally tourists drop in, are exorbitant. For parking a tourist bus, one has to pay 80 for a couple of hours and for a mini bus, the rate is 60. While small cars need to pay 20, big cars will have to shell out 25.
Local devotees who are used to this daylight robbery have already found alternative routes to enter the temple.
”For years, I have been getting into the temple through the West Nada, where there are no officials to snatch money. As I reside nearby, I can keep my phone in my house and come wearing a ‘dhoti”’, said S K Sarma, who is a regular visitor to the temple.