Excluding the Sabarimala temple, the Travancore Dewasom Board (TDB) has announced that the Board has decided to reopen 1,000-odd shrines runs across south Kerala.
While talking to media
, TDB President N Vasu said, “We are planning to open all temples with Ganapati Homam [special offering for Lord Ganapati] on August 17 [Monday]. The special offering will mark the auspicious occasion. There will be a strict tab on devotees and entry will be restricted under the Coronavirus protocol.”
Regarding Sabarimala temple, TDB officials said Sabarimala’s reopening could lead to a steady stream of devotees from the neighbouring States and affect the ongoing Coronavirus control measures. TDB had earlier planned to allow devotees, who have made online bookings after furnishing Coronavirus free certificates, to visit the hill shrine. However, a large number of inquiries regarding the temple’s reopening forced the TDB to defer the reopening, for now, the officials added.
Vasu said they have suffered an estimated loss of Rs 400 crore due to closure of temples over the last five months. Many temples, churches, and mosques in Kerala deferred reopening in view of a spurt in Coronavirus cases in June. Some churches and mosques were opened on special occasions but temples remained closed.