Sabarimala Virtual Queue System
Sabarimala is the most visited pilgrim centre in Kerala. The number of devotees to Sabarimala is increasing every year exponentially. Kerala Police is responsible for the crowd management of the pilgrims visiting Sabarimala during the pilgrimage season starting from October to January. To regulate and streamline the devotees at Sabarimala, the Kerala Police had designed and developed a software titled “Sabarimala Virtual Q-System” which was introduced in the last season and will continue in the coming season also.
The Portal enabled the pilgrims to reserve their place in the Queue for the Sabarimala pilgrimage at a specified hour on any day when the shrine is open on a “First Come, First Serve” basis. The pilgrims could select the date and time of joining the queue, by accessing the Web Portal and they were provided accommodation in the Queue subject to availability.
This year, Kerala Police has further improved and refined the Application Software and introduced a new Web Portal for Virtual Queue in Sabarimala. These services will be made available on www.sabarimalaq.com which will be on Cloud Environment. Devotees from all over the world who propose to visit Sabarimala will benefit by this portal. It will have more details, information and guidelines which are very useful for the Sabarimala Pilgrims, with multi language support.
Booking in the Virtual-Q system will start from the first week of October 2012. Pilgrims can book their slots 6 to 8 weeks in advance in the Virtual-Q system. While registering, the pilgrims have to furnish their name, age, address, photograph, details of photo identity card, etc. The date and time of joining the queue can be chosen by the pilgrim according to the availability of hourly slots. After successful booking pilgrims have to download and print their coupons. The Virtual-Q Coupon contains the date & time of darshan, name and photograph of the pilgrim, barcode, etc. During the pilgrimage the pilgrims are required to carry these coupons and the photo identity card used for registration. Pilgrims have to produce the Coupon and Photo Identity Card at the Queue Coupon Verification Counters facilitated exclusively for this purpose at Pampa. Only those who carry 'Verified" coupons are entitled to avail the facilities of Virtual-Q System from Pampa to Sannidhanam.
Virtual-Q-Coupon facility is provided by Kerala Police as a part of Crowd Management which in turn saves precious time for the Pilgrims. This facility is absolutely free of cost to the pilgrims as it is funded by advertisement revenue as permitted by the Govt. of Kerala. Pilgrims without Virtual-Q-Coupon can also have their pilgrimage as in the previous years, through the conventional queue. Pilgrims coming through the Virtual-Queue System are allowed to join the queue at Sannidhanam Nadapanthal.