Places of religious worship in Maharashtra, which had been shut for the reason that imposition of COVID-19 lockdown in March, reopened on Monday with devotees visiting a few of the outstanding temples and shrines in the state.
The reopening of the places of worship coincided with the Diwali ”Padwa”, which is a crucial pageant in the state.
Early in the morning, devotees had been seen visiting Lord Vitthal”s temple at Pandharpur in Satara, Saibaba”s shrine in Shirdi, Goddess Tulja Bhavani”s temple in Osmanabad and the well-known Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai.
The Siddhivinayak temple”s chairman Aadesh Bandekar on Sunday stated just one,000 devotees might be allowed contained in the temple on daily basis in staggered time slots to be booked by a cell phone software.
As per the usual working procedures (SOPs) launched by the state authorities, religious places positioned out of COVID-19 containment zones have been allowed to reopen as per the timings determined by authorities, and devotees might be allowed inside in a staggered method.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday introduced reopening of the places of worship, but in addition cautioned folks, saying it can’t be forgotten that the “demon of coronavirus” nonetheless persists and referred to as for following self-discipline.
The opposition BJP in the state had been in search of reopening of the places of worship and earlier questioned the Thackeray governments determination to not reopen temples at a time when bars had been allowed to reopen.
The chief minister, nevertheless, had defended his determination saying it was tough to observe bodily distancing on the places of worship.
The difficulty had additionally led to a stand-off between Thackeray and state Governor B S Koshyari, who reminded the Shiv Sena president of his Hindutva credentials and requested if he had turned secular.
Koshyari”s letter to the chief minister was criticised by constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities.
Thackeray had stated that after places of worship are reopened, guidelines and security protocols need to be adopted strictly, and laid stress on sporting masks.
“If we follow discipline, we will get God”s blessings,” Thackeray had stated.
According to the SOPs laid down by the federal government, solely asymptomatic folks might be allowed inside places of worship and sporting of face masks is obligatory for devotees.
The variety of folks to be allowed inside such places in a selected time slot might be selected the scale of the construction and air flow.
Devotees must preserve social distancing, whereas administration of such places must conduct thermal scanning and make out there hand wash or sanitisers, in line with the SOPs.
Local authorities can additional add any instructions to those tips taking into account native circumstances.
Footwear must be ideally taken off inside automobiles, the rules stated.
Touching of statues, holy books, idols is just not allowed and huge gatherings proceed to stay prohibited.
In view of the potential menace of unfold of the coronavirus an infection, solely recorded devotional music must be performed, and choir or singing teams aren’t allowed, as per the SOPs.
Among different tips, frequent prayer mats must be prevented and devotees ought to convey their very own prayer mats or items of fabric, which they’ll take again with them.
Physical providing of ”prasad”, distribution or sprinkling of holy water is just not allowed.
Floors at places of worship must be cleaned a number of occasions in a day, and group kitchens and ”langars” ought to observe bodily distancing, the rules stated.
Effective sanitisation of the premises must be accomplished with a selected concentrate on bathrooms, and hand and foot washing stations.
Workers at places of worship must bear pre-joining and weekly COVID-19 assessments for extremely uncovered teams, as per the SOPs.