Robots to prepare offering at Sabarimala temple by SS Automation Solutions Pvt Ltd
A Bengaluru-based company has designed the robot-controlled Appam preparation and packing unit for Sabarimala.
The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is planning to install a robot-controlled mechanised Appam preparation and packing plant at Sabarimala before the next pilgrim season, which begins in mid-November. Talking to The Hindu , Subhash Vasu, TDB member, said the Bangalore-based SS Automation Solutions Private Ltd had designed the robot-controlled Appam preparation and packing unit for Sabarimala.
The company has made a working model of the Appam unit. The process was demonstrated before Mr. Vasu and TDB chief engineer P.S. Jolly Ullas during their visit to the company in Bangalore on Thursday.
M.S. Suresh, company director, said the end-product of the robot-controlled unit would be nitrogen-packed Appam packets. The TDB is planning to install three fully mechanised units that could produce 1 lakh packets of Appam a day.
The idea is to produce superior quality Sabarimala prasadom in a highly clean and hygienic atmosphere. The cleaning of the unit too will be done by robots, said Mr. Subhash.
The company will demonstrate the working model before the High Power Committee for implementation of the Sabarimala Master Plan chaired by K.Jayakumar, soon, Mr Subhash said.
Unmanned hundi collection
A completely unmanned 'Bhandarom', where various offerings received at the Ayyappa Temple are brought for segregation, counting and packaging, is another innovative project planned at the Sabarimala temple said the TDB member.
The offerings by devotees in the Hundi kept at the temple sopanam in front of the sanctum sanctorum are brought to the Bhandarom on a conveyer belt. There have been allegations of large-scale theft from the Bhandarom by the people posted there for segregation, counting and packing of the currency, gold, and other articles received as offerings from devotees.
The TDB member said the proposed fully automated Bhandarom would bring and end to such thefts. Mr. Suresh said four or five robots would be put at work to take care the Bhandarom.
The robots will segregate, count and pack the offerings brought there separately. The gold and other precious metals would be properly weighed and packed.
-Source "The Hindu"