The famed Lord Ayyappa temple in Kerala opened to devotees Saturday morning after remaining closed for over six months because of the coronavirus pandemic, with a number of worshippers carrying masks and carrying COVID-19 adverse certificates providing prayers. The temple, which opened for the month-to-month puja on Friday night, will enable pilgrims to supply prayers until October 21.
Fast antigen assessments are being performed at Nilackal for these not carrying a adverse check report for COVID-19.
That is the primary time since March 25, when a nationwide lockdown got here into drive, that pilgrims are being allowed to supply prayers on the hill shrine, which opened at 5 am, sources within the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the temple, stated.
As many as 246 folks have booked by means of the digital queue system for darshan on Saturday. Every day solely 250 folks might be allowed contained in the temple.
The standard rush of devotees was lacking this time.
Although the temple opened on Friday night for the month-to-month puja, entry of devotees was allowed solely from Saturday, the primary day of ‘Thulam’ (malayalam month).
Solely these between 10-60 years, having a medical certificates stating that they have been match to trek the holy hill, are being allowed to supply prayers.
As a result of pandemic, the pilgrims won’t be allowed to remain at Sannidhanam, Nilackkal or Pamba.
(With PTI inputs)