Sabarimala temple opens for devotees

Sabarimala temple opens for devotees


The famed Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala opened to devotees Saturday morning after remaining closed for over six months because of the coronavirus pandemic, with a couple of worshippers sporting masks and carrying Covid-19 unfavorable certificates providing prayers.

The temple, which opened for the month-to-month puja on Friday night, will enable pilgrims to supply prayers until October 21.

Rapid antigen assessments are being carried out at Nilakkal for these not carrying a unfavorable take a look at report for Covid-19.

Strict restrictions

This is the primary time since March 25, when a nationwide lockdown got here into power, that pilgrims are being allowed to supply prayers on the hill shrine, which opened at 5 am, sources within the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the temple, mentioned.

As many as 246 folks have booked by way of the digital queue system for darshan on Saturday. Each day solely 250 folks can be allowed contained in the temple. The typical rush of devotees was lacking this time.

Though the temple opened on Friday night for the month-to-month puja, entry of devotees was allowed solely from Saturday, the primary day of ‘Thulam’ (Malayalam month). Only these between 10-60 years, having a medical certificates stating that they had been match to trek the holy hill, are being allowed to supply prayers.

Due to the pandemic, the pilgrims is not going to be allowed to remain at Sannidhanam, Nilakkal or Pamba.

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