After over six months, devotees can be allowed entry into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala for the primary time because the March 24
nationwide lockdown as a result of COVID-19, when the temple opens for the five-day month-to-month pujas from Saturday. The temple will open at 5 pm on Friday night, however devotees can be allowed entry solely from Saturday morning at 5 AM, the primary day of Malayalam month ‘Thulam’, sources of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the shrine, mentioned.
Pilgrims must mandatorily carry COVID-19 unfavorable certificates of assessments performed 48 hours previous to their go to and ebook darshan time and day by means of a digital queue system, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed reporters.
They need to additionally carry a medical certificates stating that they had been match to trek the holy hills.
All preparations have been accomplished to make sure that pilgrims face no hassles.
Solely 250 devotees can be allowed every day. Police personnel have been deployed in required numbers, he mentioned.
Solely these between 10 and 60 years can be allowed to supply prayers and the pilgrims ought to carry masks, sanitisers and gloves and strictly comply with COVID-19 protocol.
There ought to be no gathering of devotees and social distancing ought to be maintained, Vijayan mentioned.
All different routes to Sabarimala, besides by means of Vadasserikkara and Erumeli, have been closed.
Medical and para medical employees have been deployed on the hospitals at nilackal, Pamba and sannidhanam.
Pilgrims will not be permitted to remain at Sannidhanam, Nilackkalor Pamba in view of the COVID-19 scenario.
(With PTI inputs)