The famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala re-opened to devotees on Saturday morning after being closed for more than six months due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
People visiting the temple will have to wear masks and carry Coronavirus-negative report with them. Apart from this, entry into Mandir without a mask will be prohibited.
Pilgrims need to carry Coronavirus-negative report:
The temple was opened for worship on Friday evening, but devotees have been allowed to visit the temple from Saturday. Let us tell you that devotees will be able to offer prayers in the temple till October 21. The devotees, who do not have a negative test report for the coronavirus will have to undergo rapid antigen testing in Nilakkal.
246 people made bookings through the digital system on Saturday:
Devotees have been allowed to visit the temple for the first time since March 25. Sources in the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), who manage the temple, said the temple was opened at five in the morning. On Saturday, 246 people made bookings through the digital system for Darshan. Only 250 people will be allowed to visit the temple every day.
People between 10 and 60 years of age will be allowed to visit the temple:
Only people between 10 and 60 years of age will be allowed to visit the temple. Strict protocols are to be followed at the famous hill shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa amid a rising number of virus cases in the state. Due to the epidemic, devotees are not allowed to stay in Sannidhanam, Nilakkal or Pamba. At the same time, VK Jayarajan Potti has been appointed as ‘Melsanthi’ (chief priest) of Lord Ayyappa temple here for one year from 16 November on Saturday.
On the other hand, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, ‘Devotees will not be allowed to take a dip in river Pamba. Instead, shower systems will be arranged at Erumely and Pamba for them to take bath.’