Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram opened for devotees from today (August 26, 2020) several months after it was closed due to COVID-19 induced lockdown.
According to the press statement released by the temple, Darshan will be allowed from 8 am to 11 am in the morning and 5 pm to till the time of Deeparadhana in the evening. Covid-19 security measures will be in place during Darshan.
Devotees have to do online registration one day prior to darshan and to keep a copy of registration form and original Aadhaar card at the time of temple visit.
“35 persons will be allowed inside the temple at a time and a total number of devotees will be restricted to 665 in a day,” the temple said.
The temple has remained closed since 21 March due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, but now the temple will open adhering to strict protocols which include booking online darshan through the temple’s website.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on June 30 had permitted places of worship and religious places to reopen from June 8 onwards.
Notably, as per the union health ministry’s guidelines people above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant woman and children below the age of 10 years are strictly advised to stay at home and avoid visiting places of worship.
The entrance should have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions. All persons to be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks.