The violent protests against young women entry to the Sabarimala shrire proved dear for the Travancore Devaswom Board with the Mandala-Makaravilakku season seeing a record drop of Rs 98.66 crore in revenue at the Lord Ayyappa temple.
Besides, of the 1,250 temples under the board, a mere 60 collected income sufficient to meet daily expenses, according to the report of the devaswom accounts officer to the board.
Sabarimala earned a revenue of Rs 178.76 crore during this Mandala-Makaravilakku season as against Rs 277.42 crore during previous season of 2017.
This has been attributed to the violent incidents after the September 28 Supreme Court verdict on women entry, the floods a month before and the nipah outbreak in northern districts of the State earlier last year.
There was also a shortfall of Rs 78 crore in short-term fixed deposit, a share of the season revenue set aside to meet the monthly expenses of the temple.
Besides the 60 temples that earned sufficient revenue to meet daily expenses, most others sustained on income from Sabarimala temple. The revenue drop was witnessed even during non-pilgrimage season. This affected renovation and construction work in many temples where only minimal repair works were undertaken, the report said.