As many as 246 individuals have booked by the digital queue system for darshan on Saturday.

Thiruvananthapuram:

With masks and COVID-19 unfavourable certificates, devotees right now entered the Sabarimala temple in Kerala below strict Covid protocols because the hill shrine reopened to the general public for a five-day month-to-month pooja. Although the temple reopened after a seven-month closure on Friday, most of the people was allowed from right now morning.

As many as 246 individuals have booked by the digital queue system for darshan on Saturday. Every day solely 250 individuals might be allowed contained in the temple.

Strict protocols have been put in place on the well-known hill shrine devoted to Lord Ayyappa amid rising variety of virus instances in Kerala. Fast antigen assessments are being carried out at Nilackal base camp for these not carrying a unfavourable take a look at report.

Particular preparations have additionally been made for performing choices, together with “neyyabhishekam” (ghee abhishekam) and “annadanam” (the sacred custom of providing meals) adhering to COVID-19 protocol.

Different protocols embody a obligatory health certificates (which should be taken not than 48 hours previous to “darshan”) and entry just for individuals between 10-60 years of age. The customary bathing at Pamba river has been discontinued and in a single day keep at  “sannidhanam” (the principle temple premises) or base camps – Pamba or Nilackal – can be not allowed.

“Devotees is not going to be allowed to take a dip in river Pamba. As an alternative, bathe programs might be organized at Erumely and Pamba for them to take tub,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was quoted as saying by information company PTI just lately.

Kerala, which acquired a lot reward for its dealing with of the preliminary phases of the pandemic, has been witnessing a pointy spike in new instances since final month. Over three lakh individuals have been contaminated with the virus within the state because the first case was reported in January this yr.

Common poojas can be held for 5 days on the hill shrine from right now, which can be the primary day of Malayalam month “Thulam”.

The annual “Mandala Makaravilakku” season would begin on November 16.

With inputs from PTI