India, Dec. 6 -- Amid the standoff between the state government and protestors at hill temple Sabarimala in Kerala over women entry, the cash-strapped temple board has devised a new way to fill its coffers. It has installed swiping machines (POS) at the shrine. Now devotees who don't have hard cash can swipe and donate money to the temple account directly.

The South Indian Bank, official banker of the temple, has installed swiping machines and Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) which runs the temple is making special announcements to make use of "digital kanikka" (offering). Once swiped, money will go to the 'kanikka' account directly.

"It is the digital age and it will help devotees. I feel swiping in the name of presiding deity will give ...