Sabarimala Shrine Reopens Amid Rising Coronavirus Cases in Kerala

India | News18 | October 18, 2020, 12:42 pm
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 Around seven months after it was closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the doors of Sabarimala temple were thrown open for devotees from October 16, albeit with certain restrictions. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Around seven months after it was closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the doors of Sabarimala temple were thrown open for devotees from October 16, albeit with certain restrictions. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has made it mandatory to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate while visiting the temple, while only 250 people are being allowed for darshan (visit) per day.
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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has made it mandatory to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate while visiting the temple, while only 250 people are being allowed for darshan (visit) per day.

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 Adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines, devotees have started thronging the temple. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines, devotees have started thronging the temple. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 As per the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), only 250 people will be allowed on a single day and booking will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis. A queue portal for the booking has been opened for the public. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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As per the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), only 250 people will be allowed on a single day and booking will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis. A queue portal for the booking has been opened for the public. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Devotees will ascend and descend through Swami Ayyappan Road, while special marks have been drawn for devotees at Sannidhanam, in accordance with the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Devotees will ascend and descend through Swami Ayyappan Road, while special marks have been drawn for devotees at Sannidhanam, in accordance with the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 The TBD added that toilet and bathroom facilities have been set up at Pampa, Nilakkal and Sannidhanam, while sanitisers, soap and water have been arranged at various points. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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The TBD added that toilet and bathroom facilities have been set up at Pampa, Nilakkal and Sannidhanam, while sanitisers, soap and water have been arranged at various points. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 A devotee arrives to offer prayers at Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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A devotee arrives to offer prayers at Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 A devotee arrives to offer prayers at Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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A devotee arrives to offer prayers at Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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 Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)
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Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. (Image: G Sreejith/News18 Kerala)

  • First Published: October 18, 2020, 1:18 pm

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