The massive amount of devotees who took part in the Kundam festival of Bannari Amman Temple were sensitised to the insurance cover offered for those sustaining injuries on the temple premises while performing the ‘fire-walking’ ritual.
The insurance cover has been offered to the devotees for the third year through a tie-up with United India Health Insurance, Temple sources said.
Each follower was insured for a maximum of Rs. 1 lakh depending upon the intensity of injury. As per the policy, if anything happens to a follower on the temple premises, he or she will be allowed to claim the amount specified.
To become entitled for insurance cover, a follower has to first go to the nearby Government Hospital and have a record of treatment there along with the doctor’s certificate. Thereafter, they could carry on treatment in private hospitals, temple sources said.
The practice of insuring followers is in vogue in major temples in the State, including the Palani Murugan Temple and Samayapuram Mariamman Temple.