During the Mandala-Makaravillaku Festival in 2008, Lord Ayyappa devotees visiting the famous
Through this innovative idea an Ayyappa devotee visiting the Sabarimala shrine can buy coupons from a local branch of Dhanalakshmi Bank before starting his journey.
It was for the first time that TDB had made this type of arrangement for distribution of prasadam coupons, a board release said. (The Hindu)
There is a huge demand for Aravana Payasam and Appam (the most important prasadams at the temple) during the two-month long annual festival of Mandala-Makaravillaku (November to January). Usually, devotees have to stand in long queues for hours to get the coupons. And another long wait at the Prasadam distribution counter.