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Additional five million pilgrims flock Sabarimala
December 11, 2007 14:05 IST
Additional police force had been rushed to the Sabarimala hill shrine in Kerala [Images] in view of the heavy rush of pilgrims, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said.
Briefing newspersons after a meeting of the Cabinet, Achuthanandan said the arrival of five million additional pilgrims to the famed shrine had seriously affected the distribution of 'aravana prasadam' and other arrangements.
He said the arrival of pilgrims from neighbouring states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh had registered a steep increase this year.
"Though we have made all arrangements as per the pilgrim arrival last year, the increase in pilgrims flow has upset the arrangements," he added.