- Maximum of 50 people will be allowed to gather at one time; temples in Somnath, Dwarka, Ambaji and other places had been closed for darshan since April 11
Gandhinagar: When cases of Covid-19 began to surge in Gujarat as the second wave of the pandemic set in, all religious places were closed for public. Now with the situation easing, the state government has decided to let them reopen to devotees from Friday, June 11. However, no more than 50 people will be allowed inside the premises at one time. Several relaxations had been announced during the core committee meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, on Wednesday evening.
Somnath and Dwarka temples will reopen from June 11, while the one in Ambaji will be open for public from June 12. Also reopening on Friday are the Ashapura temple at Mata nu madh in Kutch, Khodiyar temple in Bhavnagar, Swaminarayan temple in Vadtal and Santrampur temple in Nadiad. The guest house and mess at Ashapura temple will, however, remain closed. Bajrangdas temple in Bhavnagar will reopen from June 15. A decision on Dakor temple is likely to be taken on Thursday.
Temples reopening after two months
The temples in Gujarat will be reopening for devotees after two months. They had started closing from April 11 this year when the severity of the second wave of Covid-19 became apparent. Somnath temple was indefinitely closed for darshan from April 11. However, devotees could watch the aarti on the temple’s website and social media pages. A few other temples, like the ones in Dwarkadhish, Shamlaji, Bahucharaji, had initially annouced closure for a few day before extending it as cases of Covid-19 continued to rise in the state. Prior to that, Krishna temples in Dwarka and Dakor had cancelled their Holi programmes in March-end to prevent public gathering.
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