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Nawab Rajamanickam, the founder of Madurai Devi Balavinoda Sangeetha Sabha, staged the first known drama of Lord Ayyappa in the year 1941. The drama was enacted at many places making a lot more people staunch Ayyappa believers.
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Unknown miscreant burned down the temple in the year 1950, it was known in the plains only after a month it had happened. The fire not only destroyed the temple but also the Sacred Stone Idol of Lord Ayyappa. Though it is not known who did this dreadful crime but it is believed that some persons have done this out of religious hostility.
The Government of Kerala and the Devaswam Board renovated the temple and consecration was done in the year 1951 with a new idol in Panchaloha (made of five metals) during May - June by Shri Kantaru Sankararu, the then Thantri of Thazhaom, Chengannur.
There are 300 comfort stations, 52 pilgrim shelters, 113 rooms, three guesthouses, 24 donor buildings and two halls to have room for 500 pilgrims. These infrastructures can lodge around 10 lakh pilgrims at a time.
During 1986 a flyover surrounding the courtyard at the Sannidhanam was built to ease the overcrowding of the shrine. It has a link to Malikapurram temple also.
The wooden bridge over the Pamba has been replaced with the concrete bridge.
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During the Shabarimala season Southern Railways and Bus Transport Corporations of the southern states operate special trains and buses for the benefit of the pilgrims.
The telecommunication facility at Shabarimala has been revamped and the pilgrims now have the privlige of making national and international phone call right from Sannidhanam and Pampa.
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The old, the unwell and the disabled can go up and down the mountain in an open chair carried on the shoulders of four bearers. This is called DHOLI. It can cost a few hundred rupees to use the service.
It is a method of knowing the likes and dislikes of God and Godess by performing certain pooja and rituals, after which a committee of astrologers gather and interpret the outcome of the pooja.
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The original granite steps were badly damaged due to continuos breaking of coconuts on the steps by pilgrims climbing the steps. The Devaswam Board with the approval of Lord Ayyappan through a Devaprasnam, covered the steps with Panchaloha. The work was completed by 15th November 1985.
Lord Ayyappa has three golden Kavasams.
They are :
The first Kavasam is the centuries old one donated by the Royal Family of Pandalam, which is brought to Shabarimala every year during the MakaraJyothi festival on January 14th.
The second Kavasam is the one donated by the Royal Family of Travancore in the year 1973 that is used for adorning the Lord during the Mandala Pooja festival. This weighs around 420 sovereigns.
The third kavasam was donated by Shri G.K. Devarajulu and his son of LMW group of Coimbatore, India and the one made under the supervision of Guruswamy Sri Venkatesh. This is made up of 4.5 KGs of gold. This is used for adorning the Lord on Vishu and on request by remittance of Rs.1000/- during Mandalam period.
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