Tirumala Temple gearing up to reopen post govt’s approval
Lockdown 4.0 was imposed across India on May 18 along with certain relaxations. The railways have started special trains, whereas fights are all set to start operating from May 25. As per the new guidelines from the government, states have been allowed to resume industrial activities, offices, and standalone markets from May 18 onwards. The new guidelines also state that religious places should continue to remain shut till May 31, and large gatherings have not been allowed yet.
Amid all this, the Tirupati Temple is gearing up to reopen, with precautionary measures in place. Latest reports suggest, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the trust that manages the temple, has sought permission from the state government last week to reopen. Referring to this, TTD Chairman Y.V. Subbareddy told a leading media portal, “Tirumala has been in the green zone since the beginning of the pandemic. We closed down the temple as a precautionary measure. Lord Venkateshwara has always been our guide and will keep us safe with his blessings during this time.”
The temple shut down for the first time in its history on March 20. The temple Chairman added that they will take every possible measure to ensure precautionary measures are followed to keep the virus at bay, including wearing face masks, maintaining social distance, and thermal screening. He also mentioned that the number of devotees, who come for darshan, will also be reduced.
He emphasised that they have already made the necessary arrangements, and will ensure that devotees do not come in groups. They have painted the main areas with circles to ensure those visiting the temple premises follow the protocols. As of now, they have decided to allow only a limited number of devotees per day, he maintained. Further, the devotees will be allowed to enter in a phased manner, where the premises of the temple will also be sanitised after every batch completes the darshan.
In case of an emergency, a quarantine facility has also been reserved near the temple.