Ujjain Mahakaleshwar temple will reopen from tomorrow. Check out the Covid guidelines for darshan

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BHOPAL : Ujjain’s famous Mahakaleshwar temple will reopen tomorrow after a hiatus of over two and a half months. The temple was closed following an increase in Covid-19 cases during the second wave in the country.

A member of its board of directors told the news agency PTI that the temple was closed to the public on April 9 this year following an increase in daily COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh. It had to be closed for the second time during the pandemic that erupted last year, he said.

“It will reopen tomorrow at 6 am,” deputy temple administrator RK Tiwari told PTI over the phone. However, entry to the temple shrine and the Nandi Hall would not be allowed, he said. “Devotees must obtain an online authorization for the deity’s ‘darshan’ at the temple.

Those who have received at least one injection of the coronavirus vaccine should show their certificate to enter the temple, or else carry a negative RT-PCR test report issued 48 hours before entering religious places, “he said. -he declares.

The official further said that 3,500 worshipers would be allowed to enter the temple between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. a day. There will be seven slots of two hours each and 500 people will be allowed to enter the temple in each slot. Tiwari said the appropriate behavior of COVID-19 will be strictly followed at the temple.

“The faithful will have to respect all security measures, such as physical distancing and the wearing of masks,” he said. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, around 20,000 people visited the temple every day, he said.

The temple, located about 175 km from the state capital, Bhopal, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the country’s 12 “jyotirlingas”. Ujjain District reported no new cases or deaths of COVID-19 on Saturday, state officials said.

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