Kerala govt to take steps to end corruption in Sabari temple

Sabarimala Temple

The Kerala government on Friday said it would take steps to "put an end to corruption" at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, considered to be the richest shrine in the state.

Admitting that corruption was deep-rooted in the temple, Devaswom minister Kadannappally Ramachandran said, "There were limitations in eliminating corruption from places of religious worship. It cannot be stopped overnight." Steps are being taken to end corruption in the temple, he said.

The minister said the government would initiate discussions with religious leaders, social activists and elected representatives to arrive at a consensus prior to nominating members to various Devaswom boards as per the provisions of the newly enacted legislation in this regard.

On the increasing temple thefts in Kerala, he said a special squad had been constituted to nab the culprits. "Unlike thefts and robberies in banks and other commercial establishments, investigations in these cases have certain limitations," Ramachandran told a meet-the-press programme organised by Thrissur Press club here.

He said many temples under the Malabar Devaswom Board were in a dilapidated state and would be renovated with public participation.

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