Non secular locations throughout Maharashtra are reopening for devotees to supply prayers from Monday after a number of months of closure as a result of lockdown imposed in a bid to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.
Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Workplace (CMO) had on Saturday knowledgeable that each one spiritual locations together with temples, shrines, church buildings, dargahs, and so forth within the state will likely be allowed to reopen for devotees from November 16.
Notably, the outstanding spiritual 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 had 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 had been opened and the administration officers entered the premises. After cleansing, the dargah will likely be opened for devotees for early morning Namaz,” Mahim Dargah trustee Suhail Y Khandwani mentioned.
Khandwani additionally urged the folks to cooperate with the federal government and Dargah administration to make sure folks get to supply prayers with out risking extra publicity to Covid-19.
“Individuals have been ready for over eight months. Authorities SOP and inner SOP of the dargah will likely be adopted. We now have put up boards with authorities and Dargah SOPs. Solely these with facemasks will likely be allowed contained in the premises and their temperature will likely be recorded earlier than entry,” he mentioned.
The Dagdusheth Halwai Temple in Pune has additionally carried out a whole sanitisation course of for the temple premises and made preparations for the adherence to Covid-19 protocol.
Chatting with ANI, Sunil Rasne, deputy president of the temple belief mentioned, “For now we is not going to be permitting devotees to attend exterior or provide 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 mentioned it’s going to solely enable guests contained in the premises after a web based reserving for a particular time slot.
“Devotees who need to go to must do on-line reserving to get a time-slot for the ‘darshan’. Together with this, folks will even have to point out a Covid-negative RT-PCR end result on the gate. Senior residents, youngsters and pregnant girls is not going to be allowed to enter the temple,” a consultant of the temple administration mentioned.
“We now have made preparations to manage the group on the temple. Individuals will likely be allotted time slots on-line for go to. Solely 6,000 folks will likely be allowed to enter the temple in a day. The temple will solely stay open for 14 hours,” the consultant added.
Non secular locations throughout the state have remained shut since March this 12 months, when the Central authorities imposed a whole lockdown to manage the unfold of Covid-19 pandemic.