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Sabarimala Temple Opens Today After 7 Months With Strict Curbs
According to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, devotees who wish to enter the shrine must bring a Covid-negative certificate taken no longer than 48 hours prior to "darshan".
Sabrimala Temple Opens Today After 7 Months With Strict Curbs
New Delhi: Kerala's Sabarimala temple for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak has reopened today. Devotees, however, will only be allowed to enter the shrine from Saturday with strict coronavirus safety protocol on the place.
The famous hill shrine dedicated to the Lord Ayyappa has been opened for the five-day month worship.
The main pilgrim season, which drew thousands of devotees every day before the pandemic, begins next month.
As per the Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan, the devotees who wish to enter the shrine must bring a coronavirus negative certificate taken no longer than 48 hours prior to "darshan".
The other protocols include a compulsory fitness certificate and entry only for people between 10-60 years of age.
As the Sabarimala reopens with the restrictions on the number of the poeple allowed only 250 people a day will be permitted there is a sense of the cautiousness among devotees.
A 32-year-old sound engineer, Chandra Shekhar, has never missed the annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala in the last 20 years." With all the effort of carrying the irumudi kettu (offerings), if we are checked again for COVID-19 and test positive, we will have to return the same way," he said.
"I am interested in going to Sabarimala. But because of this Covid testing, we are still undecided," Rajesh, a mechanic, said.
The Sabarimala temple has remained closed since March. The decision to not reopen in June was taken after the discussions with the chief priest of the temple, who had written a letter raising concern over the increasing coronavirus cases.