Tirupati Temple Urges NRIs & Foreigners Not To Visit Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

by Sanjana Shenoy
Tirupati Temple Urges NRIs & Foreigners Not To Visit Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

The famous Tirupathi Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that manages the temple housing the shrine of Lord Venkateshwara in Andhra Pradesh has issued an advisory urging NRIs, foreigners and others to not visit the shrine for 28 days after landing in India, as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. Tirupati Temple is known for its immense popularity amongst devotees from all over the country and the temple usually witnesses large groups of devotees on a daily basis. So this travel advisory is a need of the hour to prevent the rapid spread of the deadly virus.

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What’s In It?

This advisory was recently issued by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of coronavirus. A statement has also been put out by the TTD assuring devotees that all necessary measures have been taken to ensure the safety of lakhs of pilgrims who visit the temple. Reports also suggest that devotees who have booked accommodation and darshan tickets at Tirupathi will be refunded if they wish to cancel the journey due to the virus threat.

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Devotees have also been urged to equip themselves with masks and sanitizers as a precautionary measure. The temple board had earlier requested domestic pilgrims to reschedule their temple visit if they have any symptoms of the virus-like cold, cough or fever. According to reports, special task forces have been deployed at Alipiri, Mettu and Srivari routes to the temple. They are equipped with thermal guns and medical equipment to screen any pilgrim suffering from symptoms of the virus. Here are 6 Things To Consider Before Cancelling Your Trip Due To Coronavirus

What’s More?

Andhra Pradesh government is currently focussing on the preventive measures against coronavirus. The government is also scrutinizing people returning from abroad especially Italy. Reportedly around 75 residents of Andhra Pradesh have returned from Italy in four batches since 29th February. They have been directed to stay at home for at least 14 days. But for the time being, its always better to avoid iconic tourist spots or crowded places on account of the spread of coronavirus.