Mangaluru: Kateel Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple is all set to become the first temple in the state to start an e-ticket system for Darshan.
Though a new concept, the devotees seem to have shown interest in the system. At 10 pm on Saturday, the first slot of 7.30 am for Sunday was almost full with only 12 tickets available!
Kateel Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple is one of the famous temples of the country which stands fourth in revenue among the Endowment temples in the state. People from various parts of the country, including celebrities, offer prayers here.
Though the system is in lines with the TTD, the Kateel temple management has decided to make it free, without charging the devotees.
The system will start from June 14 (Sunday) when the temple will open for devotees after lockdown.
Under the new system, every devotee, except the local villagers, will have to have the darshan of Goddess Durgaparameshwari through e-ticket.
The system would help in controlling the crowd in the island temple and help social distancing.
The system of the e-ticket is very simple. The devotees have to open the portal http://www.kateeldevi.in and click the ‘Darshan E-ticket,’ option at the top.
After selecting the date and the slots, name, email, mobile number, ID card (Adhar, PAN, Driving Licence) along with the ID card number have to be entered.
Once all the details are provided, a message would be sent on the phone of the devotee which has to be shown at the temple along with the ID mentioned to get the entry.
The Darshan is open from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm (the first slot is at 7.30 am and the last one is at 7.15 pm). Each slot is of 15 minutes and has entry to 60 people.
“This is the first time a temple is starting this service in Karnataka. It is free for the devotees and we are hopeful that this system would help the people,” Hereditary archak Sriharinarayanadasa Asranna says.
As online booking has already started, there is much rush for the first slot. Only 12 tickets were available.