Sabarimala Temple reopens for a five-day monthly pooja


Thiruvananthapuram: The hill shrine, Sabarimala temple in Kerala, has reopened for devotees on Saturday, seven months after the national lockdown was imposed in March.

The temple trust sources said the shrine will remain open for the devotees for a five-day monthly pooja. Devotees visiting the hill shrine are required to wear face masks and carry coronavirus negative certificates.

Sources said a maximum of 250 people will be allowed inside the temple every day. As many as 246 registered online for a darshan on Saturday. The devotees must belong to the age group of 10-60 years of age.

The authorities have beefed up security measures at the famous hill shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa amid a rising number of virus cases in the state. The rapid antigen tests are being conducted at Nilakkal base camp for those not carrying a negative test report.


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