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KERALA-A Time for Darshan

A Time for Darshan WHAT hold religion has on the minds of people. The annual trip to the holy temple of Sabarimalai in the Western Ghats is in full swing. To reach the temple is, an exhilarating experience. For miles, the route is covered with thick forests and is full of wild life. No wonder people get ecstatic when they finish the steep climb to the temple; of course, the cool breeze and the sylvan beauty of the surroundings add to the satisfaction. According to an official estimate, in 41 days from November 16, two million people have had darshan in the temple and the devaswom board has netted Rs 16 lakhs, besides gold and silver trinkets, including a gold handcuff and dagger from a devotee. Another one million are expected to reach the temple before January 16. The devaswom board spates no efforts to make the darshan attractive and comfortable. It has drawn up an ambitious Rs 2.5-crore scheme to provide better amenities to devotees and tourists. One only hopes that the board is aware that the charm of Saharimalai lies in the arduous route to it and the lack of urban amenities ! On Dcember 31, Kottayam town with a population of 58,000 witnessed the most colourful pageant in its annals, depicting the history of Christianity in Kerala, and a mammoth meeting attended by a hundred thousand people, The Governor of Kerala and the Patriarch of Jerusalem were among the distinguished guests. It was in remembrance of the nineteen-hundredth death anniversary of St Thomas

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