Curbs in Sabarimala drive devotees to Hubballi temple | Hubballi News – Times of India

HUBBALLI: The Ayyappa Swamy Temple located at Shirur Park here has been witnessing a large number of devotees of late, and this is attributed to the curbs at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
After the Kerala government imposed Covid-related curbs for those visiting the Swami Ayyappa Temple to check the virus spread, many devotees from Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and other states have been visiting the Hubballi temple to have the darshan of Lord Aiyyappa and perform puja and rituals.
V S V Prasad, vice-president, Sri Ayyappa Bhaktavrunda Trust, said the number of devotees visiting the temple this time is more compared to earlier years. Thermal screening and sanitising have been made mandatory for devotees. A large number of people are being benefited from the facilities/ arrangements at Sri Ayyappa Temple here.
Anand Guruswamy, Dharmadhikari of the temple, said the shrine was constructed on the lines of Sabarimala temple in Kerala, complete with 18 steps.
It is said there are four Sabarimala-like temples in Karnataka — Hubballi. Ballari, Chitradurga and Nanjangud.
Jyoti Prasad, a devotee, said 300-400 people used to visit the temple earlier. “But the number has risen now with 500-600 footfalls,” the devotee said.
Narayanswamy, an Ayyappa Swamy maladhari from Dombivli in Maharashtra, said he has come there with a 12-member team. “We are having great experience here as the facilities and other arrangements are on the lines of the one at Sabarimala,” he said.

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