Sabarimala Temple Reopens, COVID-Negative Proof Must For Entry

Mumbai: The doors of the Sabarimala temple were reopened to devotees on Friday despite some restrictions after about seven months due to the COVID19 outbreak.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has made it mandatory to get a COVID19 negative certificate while visiting the temple, while only 2,250 people are allowed to visit the temple every day.

Devotees have started crowding in the temple following the guidelines of COVID19 guidelines.

According to the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), only 250 people will be allowed on a single day and bookings will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. The portal queuing for bookings has been opened to the public.

Devotees will go up and down on Swami Ayyappan Road, while special marks have been drawn for devotees at Sanidhanam as per the guidelines of COVID19 social distance.

“There will be no accommodation for devotees at Sabarimala. Apart from regular pujas, Udayasthan and Padi pujas will also be organized,” the TDB said.

The TBD added that toilet and bathroom facilities have been started at Pampa, Nilakkal, and Sanidhanam, while sanitary, soap, and water have been provided at various places.

A total of 233 new COVID19 cases and 2 deaths were reported in Kerala on Friday, bringing the total number of active patients in the state to 1,000. So far 2,28,998 people have been cured in the state. The total number of COVID19 deaths in the state so far is 1,113.

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