After a gap of almost seven months, Sabarimala temple in Kerala reopened for the devotees on Saturday. As a precautionary measure, devotees were asked to carry a Covid-19 negative report and wear masks all the time at the shrine.
The temple, which reopened for a five-day puja on a monthly basis, will allow pilgrims to offer prayers till October 21. According to the new guidelines issued by the state government, only 250 people will be allowed inside the temple on a daily basis.
The state government has come up with strict protocols amid rising number of coronavirus cases in Kerala. Under which, a Covid-19 negative certificate – 48 hours before reaching the shrine – has been made mandatory.