With the ever-increasing number of pilgrims and limitations of space, optimizing the facilities to meet the growing demand has become imperative at Sabarimala. A comprehensive Master Plan, which has been approved by the Travancore Devaswom Board, Government of Kerala and the Supreme Court, has been prepared in this context. Consequently, a Sabarimala Master Plan Infrastructure Fund has been registered to mobilize resources and sponsorship for these projects.
The requirement of funds for the initial phase, which includes building sewage treatment plans, rope way, check dams, improvement of parking areas, service roads, etc, is tentatively estimated at Rs. 500 crores. It is proposed to raise the required funds by way of donation as well as by sponsorship of specific projects.
The following facilities will be extended to donors and sponsors:
Rupees one crore and above: Rent free accommodation for five days in a year upto ten years.
Rupees fifty lakh to one crore: Rent free accommodation for four days in a year upto ten years.
Rupees Twenty five lakh to fifty lakh: Rent free accommodation for three days in a year upto five years.
Rupees Five lakh to twenty five lakh: Rent free accommodation for two days in a year upto five years.
Rupees three lakh and one to five lakh: Rent free accommodation for one day in a year upto three years.
Facilities for convenient darshan and a prasdam kit inclusive of two cans (250 ml each) of Aravana and two packets of Appam will also be provided for the number of years mentioned. This will also be available for donors of Rupees fifty thousand to three lakh. The rent free accommodation will not be available in the four days preceding the Mandalavilakku and Makaravilakku Festivals.
Donations can be sent to the Executive Officer, Sabarimala Devaswom, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala (Ph: 04735-202028 04735-202028 ), or to the Devaswom Commissioner by means of crossed demand draft/cheque drawn in favour of SABARIMALA MASTER PLAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND.
The Account Numbers for RTGS/NEFT transactions are:
1. State bank of Travancore, Nanthancode, Trivandrum
Account No. 67086664997 IFS Code: SBTR0000690
2. Dhanlaxmi Bank, Nanthancode, Trivandrum
Account No. 027500100003035 IFS Code: DLXB0000275
Online donations will be accepted through net banking facility of State Bank of Travancore (www.sbtonline.in) and Dhanlaxmi Bank (www.dhanbank.com)
The donations are exempt from Income Tax under Section 80 G (5) (vi) of the Income Tax Act.