The holy shrines of India are slowly opening with new guidelines in place. A lot of temples have done away with the prasad and are not allowing kids and senior citizens at the moment. And now Lord Ayyappa in Kerala’s Sabarimala has opened its doors for devotees after nearly six months with strict guidelines. Entry to this hill shrine was barred owing to the nationwide lockdown in March. Here are all the guidelines devotees will have to abide by in Sabarimala.
COVID-Negative Test Certificate Mandatory
As per reports, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announces that devotees will have to use the virtual queue system to book the darshan time. Devotees will also have to provide a COVID-negative health certificate to prove that they can undertake the trek. The COVID-19 tests should be conducted 48 hours before the arrival at Lord Ayyappa’s shrine in Sabarimala.
Shrine Will Be Open For 5-Day Monthly Pujas
And while the shrine will open its doors at 5 pm on Friday, devotees will only be allowed to step in after 5 am on Saturday. The shrine will open on October 17 for five-day monthly pujas. October 17 also marks the first day of Malayalam month ‘Thulam’. Here are 5 Women’s-Only Temples In India Where Men Are Not Allowed.
1000 Devotees Will Be Allowed To Offer Prayers
Pilgrims will have to book tickets through the virtual queue system. Only 1,000 devotees are allowed to offer prayers daily, but the numbers would be increased to 5,000 eventually. However, on weekends 2, 000 people will be allowed in the holy shrine.. Face masks, sanitisers and gloves are also made mandatory. Police personnel have been deployed, and medical staff has also been stationed at hospitals in Nilackal, Sannidhanam and Pamba as a precaution. Here are 10 Unusual Temples Of India You Probably Didn’t Know Of
Devotees will also have to abide by all social-distancing norms at the shrine.