The Travancore Devaswom Board, Kerala's apex temple body is planning to obtain patent for the offerings at famous shrines managed by it.
The prasadams include ‘aravana', the jaggery dessert offered at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple; 'unniyappam', the sweet ball prepared at Kottarakkara Ganapathy Temple; and 'palpayasam' and milk porridge at Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna shrine will get patent rights under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act.
Obtaining the patent would prevent others from naming or selling the prasadams under the same name.
The Supreme Court has sworn in four new judges thereby increasing the total strength of judges to 34 from 31 as sanctioned under the amended law.
The four new judges who will take oath are Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian of Himachal Pradesh, Chief Justice Krishna Murari from Punjab and Haryana High Court, Rajasthan Chief Justice S.A. Ravindra Bhat and Kerala Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy.