Rules of Praying & Worshipping Inside Religious Places To Change After June 8
According to the guidelines released by the Home Ministry, on June 8, the first phase of lifting the lockdown restrictions will begin. In this phase, permission has been given to open temples, mosques, churches, and gurudwaras. However, before opening the religious places, all the precautionary steps are being taken. It is clear from these measures that now the rules of worship in temples, mosques, and churches have changed.
The priest of the famous Kalkaji temple in Delhi said that a sanitizing tunnel is being installed at the entrance of the temple, and the devotees will be allowed only after passing through it. Devotees will have to come wearing masks and nothing from outside will be allowed inside the temple premises.
The Sai temple on Lodhi Road in Delhi is often crowded. Here, only 10 devotees will be allowed to offer prayers at a time. Apart from this, social distancing will also be followed.
Preparations are also in full swing in Takwiat-ul-Iman mosque of Lucknow. There is still restrictions on worshiping inside the mosque. According to Saud Rais, who is associated with the Masjid Committee, says social distancing will also be followed during Namaz. Advisory has been put on the door of the mosque regarding visiting and praying.
The Durgiana temple in Amritsar has been sanitized before opening. Touching of idols, sacred texts is strictly prohibited. Prasad and holy water will not be given to the devotees and Bhajan kirtan won't take place as for now.
Meanwhile, the 'Snana Purnima' festival is being celebrated with full fervour in the Shri Jagannath temple of Puri. It is believed, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra bathed here. This temple will also open for devotees from June 8.