Despite the rush, the government had made adequate arrangements for Athi Varadhar Festival to enable darshan for those visiting the temple, Chief Minister Edapadi Palaniswami informed the Assembly.
Speaking in the Assembly, Palaniswami said, “On an average, 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh devotees are visiting the temple daily and about two lakh people on holidays.”
Between July 1 and 17, approximately 22 lakh devotees had visited the temple. He pointed out that even at Tirupati, the average number of devotees was 75,000 per day.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs.1 lakh each to the families of the four deceased. He said all the four who died had darshan and left the temple when they developed health complications and were taken to the temporary medical camps nearby.
They were brought dead, with three of them having ‘high BP history’ and one person suffering from convulsions (fits). Another devotee died on July 3, after falling down the steps of the main temple.” he said.