Sabarimala: The well-known Lord Ayyappa temple, opened for the annual Mandala-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season, is all set to obtain extra pilgrims now with the Kerala authorities deciding to permit extra devotees for darshan by adhering to COVID-19 protocols. ALSO READ | Showik Chakraborty Gets Bail: Rhea Chakraborty’s Brother Gets Relief In NCB’s Drugs Case After 3 Months
As per the brand new determination, a most of 2000 devotees could be allowed to have darshan on the hill temple on weekdays and 3000 on Saturdays and Sundays, which was 1,000 and a pair of,000 earlier respectively, state Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran stated.
“It has been decided to allow more pilgrims at the Sabarimala temple. The entire booking will be done via online,” he stated in an announcement.
Pilgrims can e-book darshan by way of the digital queue system within the involved web site from right now, the minister added.
Noting that the complete pilgrimage could be in compliance with the COVID-19 pointers, he stated all devotees have been required to provide a coronavirus take a look at destructive certificates issued inside 24 hours earlier than reaching Nilakkal, the bottom camp.
Arrangements have been made at Nilakkal for devotees to endure the take a look at.
Pilgrims may examine in any authorised COVID-19 kiosks run by the federal government or personal companies wherever en path to Sabarimala, the minister added.
Meanwhile, the state Health division has intensified the antigen testing in Sabarimala and its base camps to examine the attainable unfold of the viral an infection in view of the rise within the variety of permitted pilgrims on the hill shrine.
The division, on Monday, started the testing at Sannidhanam (temple advanced) and Pamba, the bottom camp, for all classes of staff and volunteers serving on the shrine and its premises for greater than 14 days, official sources stated.
A complete of 200 persons are examined each day on the well being centre in Pamba.
Of the 200 cleansing staff, who underwent testing on Monday, 4 have been examined optimistic for the virus they usually have been shifted to the COVID first line therapy centre at Erumeli.
The antigen testing would start at 3.00 pm on the well being centre in Pamba, they added.
Till November 27, a complete of 39 individuals together with pilgrims, police personnel and temple staff, had been examined optimistic for coronavirus in Sabarimala because the temple right here was opened for the annual pilgrimage season on November 16.
The auspicious Mandala pooja could be held on December 26.
After the Makaravilakku ritual on January 14, the temple could be closed on January 20, marking the tip of the season. It is the primary annual pilgrimage season on the hill temple after the Coronavirus outbreak.