The Sabarimala Special Commissioner has sought-after a directive from the Kerala court to the police to produce pilgrims access to the ‘Mahakanikka’ at the Sannidhanam.
In a report filed before the Kerala court, the commissioner pointed out that the entry to the Mahakanikka facet had been cordoned off by the police on security grounds.
As a result, devotees weren't able to place their offering into the Mahakanikka, an important part of the rituals of the Ayyappa devotees.
The commissioner said only those having tokens for Neyyabhishekam and carrying Irumudikettu were allowable to remain long at the open areas except at the Valyanadappandal and lower Thirumuttam.
The military officer of Police to blame of control had additionally told him that pilgrims who had darshan weren't allowed to remain long and for long periods at the Sannidhanam because it was a special security zone notified beneath the Kerala Police Act. Besides, the police needed to avoid protests and mob violence there. The pilgrims weren't allowed to sit down at the Nadappandal, he said.
The police informed the commissioner that the Valiyanadappandal and lower Thirumuttam were maintained as separate zones in view of the protests and law enforcement there when the temple was opened after the Supreme Court verdict.
The lower Thirumuttam was cordoned off with barricades leaving a path for pilgrims to access the appam and aravana counters. However, the Mahakanikka box was inaccessible.
The commissioner also sought a directive to the KSRTC to take care of smooth chain service.
The operation of KSRTC buses was synchronous with the gap and closing of the temple and therefore the services were stopped from Nilackal by 9 p.m. every day.
He also sought a directive to the TDB to properly maintain the restroom blocks at Pampa and complete the work of the Annadanam hall there at the earliest.