With the capping of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, religious places will remain open to worshipers from October 7, which is the first day of Navratri.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray clarified earlier that all rules and guidelines related to Covid-19 protocols will need to be followed.
A statement from the CM office said, “We prepared to fight the third wave after successfully fighting the second wave. We open slowly. There is a decrease in the number of cases, we still have to take precautions. Even though places of religious worship will be open to the faithful, Covid protocols like masks, social distancing and disinfection will have to be followed “
Following this, the iconic Siddhivinayak Mandir of Mumbai released a list of guidelines to be followed by people visiting the temple during this time.
An app has been designed for visitors, which they can download to their iOS and Android smartphones. Every Thursday at 12 p.m., a QR code can be generated by the users, and it is mandatory to present this code at the entrance point of the temple. Thanks to this code, you can reserve a time slot for the week to visit the temple.
Up to 250 worshipers would be allowed to enter the temple in an hour, provided they had the QR code with them.
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The temple will remain open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Inside the premises, worshipers must wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow covid protocols.
However, no offering or flower should be given in the temple.
Saibaba temple will reopen
Likewise, at least 15,000 worshipers who have online passes will be allowed to enter Saibaba Temple in Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, a senior district official said on Tuesday.
While the state’s places of worship are expected to reopen from October 7, a meeting of the district administration and the leadership of the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust was held to define the measures, the official said.
At least 15,000 worshipers who own passes online will be allowed to take darshan at the temple daily, he said, adding that worshipers will need to apply for passes online.
The temple prasad counter will remain closed, he said.
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According to the district administration, children under 10, pregnant women, sick people, people over 65 and people without masks will not be allowed to enter temple premises.
(with PTI input)