Spiritual locations throughout Maharashtra are reopening for devotees to supply prayers from immediately after a number of months of closure because of the lockdown imposed in a bid to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Workplace (CMO) had on Saturday knowledgeable that each one non secular locations together with temples, shrines, church buildings, dargahs, and many others within the state might be allowed to reopen for devotees from November 16.
Distinguished non secular locations throughout the state together with Sai Baba temple in Shirdi, the Mahim Dargah in Mumbai and the Dagdusheth Halwai Temple in Pune have been ready for his or her reopening to the devotees.
The gates of the locations of worship have been opened after midnight for the administration officers to wash and sanitise the premises forward of its reopening for devotees to supply early morning prayers.
“After midnight, the doorways of the Dargah Sharif have been opened and the administration officers entered the premises. After cleansing, the dargah might be opened for devotees for early morning Namaz,” Mahim Dargah trustee Suhail Y Khandwani stated.
Mr Khandwani additionally urged the individuals to cooperate with the federal government and Dargah administration to make sure individuals get to supply prayers with out risking extra publicity to COVID-19.
“Folks have been ready for over eight months. Authorities SOP and inner SOP of the dargah might be adopted. We’ve got put up boards with authorities and Dargah SOPs. Solely these with facemasks might be allowed contained in the premises and their temperature might be recorded earlier than entry,” he stated.
The Dagdusheth Halwai Temple in Pune has additionally carried out an entire sanitisation course of for the temple premises and made preparations for the adherence to COVID-19 protocol.
Talking to ANI, Sunil Rasne, deputy president of the temple belief stated, “For now we won’t be permitting devotees to attend exterior or supply prasad and flowers right here. They’re solely allowed to take darshan and depart the place instantly.”
The administration of the Sai Baba temple in Shirdi stated it’s going to solely enable guests contained in the premises after a web based reserving for a particular time slot.
“Devotees who wish to go to must do on-line reserving to get a time-slot for the ”darshan”. Together with this, individuals may also have to point out a COVID-negative RT-PCR outcome on the gate. Senior residents, youngsters and pregnant ladies won’t be allowed to enter the temple,” a consultant of the temple administration stated.
“We’ve got made preparations to manage the group on the temple. Folks might be allotted time slots on-line for go to. Solely 6,000 individuals might be allowed to enter the temple in a day. The temple will solely stay open for 14 hours,” the consultant added.
Spiritual locations throughout the state have remained shut since March this 12 months, when the Central authorities imposed an entire lockdown to manage the unfold of COVID-19 pandemic.