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Mumbai's Siddhivinayak Temple to Shut Offline Entry on Angaraki Chaturthi as Covid-19 Cases Surge

Mumbai: Devotee offer prayers at Siddhivinayak temple after it was reopened public, in Mumbai, Monday, Nov 16, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Mumbai: Devotee offer prayers at Siddhivinayak temple after it was reopened public, in Mumbai, Monday, Nov 16, 2020. (PTI Photo)

The temple will open at 8am on Tuesday, and will allow entry to only those devotees who will register online and will procure the QR code.

Renowned Siddhivinayak Temple has decided to shut offline entry to devotees on Angaraki Chaturthi on Tuesday, March 2, which usually attracts a major crowd.

In view of the rising Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, and amid Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s appeal to stop large-scale religious, cultural gatherings, the temple trust has taken the decision to shut the premises.

The temple will open at 8am on Tuesday, and will allow entry to only those devotees who will register online and will procure the QR code. The temple doors will remain open till 9pm on Tuesday.

“I appeal to all the devotees to download Siddhivinayak temple app on your phone, book an appointment and enter through your QR code. We will open the doors of the temple at 8am, and will allow devotees after the morning pooja. You will be able to take darshan till 9am. It is my earnest appeal to all the devotees – please maintain social distancing, please don’t overcrowd at the gates. The access barriers will open only if your temperature is normal and if you have worn a mask. We seek your help. And we pray for your well-being, to Siddhivinayakji,”Adesh Bandekar, chairperson of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Trust, said in a video appeal on Thursday.

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