Temples reopen for devotees in many parts of country

From floor marking for devotees and sanitisers every few metres to ban on offerings of flowers and food, religious places many parts of the country were reopened to devotees this morning after a gap of two months, with their own set of guidelines.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at Gorakhnath Temple. Government has allowed re-opening of places of worship from today.
Temples were opened in Puducherry and other parts of too. The famous shrine of Lord Balaji on Tirumala in Tirupati too allowed devotees today.

Amid spike in coronavirus cases, hotels, shopping malls and places of worship are gearing up to reopen from Monday while abiding by SOPs part of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ “Unlock-1” notification.

This is part of the Government of India’s three-phased plan to gradually reverse the nationwide lockdown first enforced on March 25 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Visuals of sanitisation being done at Durgiana Temple in Amritsar surfaced on social media earlier today. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare guidelines, touching of idols/holy books, choir or singing groups and physical offerings like prasad, distribution of holy water is not allowed.

Meanwhile, Lord Srikalahasteeswara temple in the town of Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh will not be opened on June 8 as the shrine is currently under the COVID-19 containment zone area.

The TTD Board Chief along with TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal, Additional EO AV Dharma Reddy, and Tirupati JEO P Basant Kumar, elaborated on the arrangements and measures taken up by TTD in view of the recommencement of darshan from Monday onwards while addressing media persons here at Annamaiah Bhavan on Friday.

Ever since after the closing of darshan for pilgrims on March 20 to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in Tirumala, TTD is resuming Srivari darshan at Tirumala which will commence on an experimental basis from June 8 onwards.

Initially, on a trial basis, the darshan will be provided to the employees of TTD and their families who shall book darshan slots using the Intranet facility on June 8 and 9. for this the employees have to book their darshan slots on June 6 and 7. Following the guidelines by GOI, 65 years and above old senior citizens and below 10 years old children are barred from darshan.