Every Janmashtami, temples in the city are crowded with devotees, but this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the Krishna temples in the city have closed their doors for devotees.
Thirty major temples in the city have cancelled their ‘Aatham’ programmes that are held every year during Janmashtami. This has been done to ensure that a crowd does not gather and COVID-19 norms are not violated.
Earlier, the Gujarat government had also asked temples to desist from any celebration and asked devotees to ensure festivals are celebrated at home.
Several temples also put up posters announcing that the temples are not open for devotees. Meanwhile, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has banned any celebrations particularly the Matki Phod at temples.
AMC holds meeting with organisers
Earlier the AMC had also held meetings with trustees of various religious places to let them know of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) to function during the pandemic. Surat and Ahmedabad have been recording the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Gujarat.
AMC has also asked religious places to ensure that no one is allowed entry into such places without a mask and that social distancing is also maintained.
In all, the AMC officials met administrators of 332 temples, 91 mosques, 28 Jain Temples, 9 churches, 7 gurudwaras and 2 ashrams. In all, they visited 469 such places.
COVID-19 in Gujarat
Gujarat COVID-19 figure touched 73,328 on Tuesday as the state recorded 1,118 new corona cases. The state has in all recorded 14,125 active cases of which 79 are on a ventilator.
The state also saw 23 fatalities due to the disease. Of this 10 were recorded in Surat, half of which were in the city limits. Rajkot recorded four deaths while Ahmedabad had three fatalities.
Patan and Vadodara had two deaths each while Bhavnagar and Valsad had one death each. With this, the total number of deaths in the state stands at 2,697.