Newly-installed gold plated mast of Sabarimala temple found damaged
The newly installed gold mast at the famous Lord Ayyappa temple was to deteriorate Sunday, sparking widespread concern among devotees.
Three people were arrested in connection with the incident, authorities said Travancore Board Devaswom (TDB), which manages the hill sanctuary.
Sabarimala dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, attracts millions of devotees from all over the country and abroad during the annual three-month pilgrimage season from November to January.
Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the police to carry out a detailed investigation into the incident and arrest the guilty.
“The best police and forensic experts flocked to Sannidhanam (temple facilities),” he said in an article on Facebook.
It was found that the ‘panchavargathara’, the square base of the damaged mast is late using a chemical, suspected mercury.
The teak mast, covered with 9.16 kg of gold, 300 kg of copper and 17 kg of silver was officially installed by the head of the priests Kandararu Rajeevararu after performing the purification rituals of the morning.
The damage was observed in the afternoon after the end of the ritual, the temple sources.
BdB President Prayar Gopalakrishnan said that temple guards had arrested three people, including an elderly man in this regard after reviewing CCTV footage for the sanctuary.
“The CCTV video showed that three people were seen spraying a panchavargathara liquid bottom. We suspect the liquid was” Rasam “(Mercury),” he told PTI.
They were given to police and other details will be known only after a thorough investigation.
Meanwhile, Minister of State Devaswom, Kadakampally Surendran said that the damage of panchavargathara using mercury or another chemical of this type was “mysterious.”
“The preliminary hypothesis of the police was that the incident occurred after the Pooja rituals of the afternoon, he said.
“We have to find the reason for a felony. All CCTV visual elements in the temple facilities are examined.
It will be ensured that the perpetrators are found and punished, “added the minister.
It is expected that the 10-day festival at the Sabarimala temple to begin June 28 The sanctuary will be 7 closed in July after ritual “aarattu” marking the end of the festival.