Kerala’s famous Sabarimala Temple was opened for devotees on Saturday morning after being closed for nearly seven months due to the coronavirus pendemic. Some people did come with masks and COVID-19 negative reports. Following the Coronavirus Guidelines (COVID Protocols), the temple has been opened for a five-day monthly puja. The common people have been allowed to visit the temple from this morning. In view of the Corona pendemic, large religious places of the country were closed. Now religious places are slowly being reopened in Unlock.
On Saturday, 246 people have made bookings through the digital system for darshan at Sabarimala temple. Only 250 people will be allowed to visit the temple every day. In view of the increasing corona cases in Kerala, strict corona protocols have been implemented in the Ayyappa temple. Those who are not taking Corona’s report along with, their Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) are being done at Nilackal Base Camp. In view of the Corona Protocol, special arrangements have been made for Ghee Abhishek and Annadanam.
Under other provisions, it is mandatory to carry a fitness certificate to go for darshan. Apart from this, only people between 10 and 60 years of age will get admission in the temple. Bathing in the Pamba River and overnight stay in the temple premises are prohibited.
In the country, devotees have been allowed to visit the temple for the first time since the lockdown was imposed at the end of March. Sources in the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), who oversee the management of the temple, said that the temple was opened at five in the morning.