No Darshan, pre-booked marriages allowed at Kerala’s Guruvayur Temple amid increase in Coronavirus cases

A decision has been taken to stop new marriage functions at the temple. However, marriages that were booked earlier will be allowed to happen.

Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Kerala, restrictions have been imposed on the functioning of the Sreekrishna Guruvayur temple. According to the latest guidelines, Darshan will not be allowed for the devotees at the temple till further notice. The Devaswom staff and the locals will also not be allowed entry to the temple.

A decision has been taken to stop new marriage functions at the temple. However, marriages that were booked earlier will be allowed to take place. The temple authorities assured that Daily Pujas will be conducted at the temple.

From tomorrow, restrictions will also be imposed on devotees who made online bookings to visit the temple. According to the temple authorities, the number of visitors allowed daily will be capped.

The information was provided by the Guruvayur Devaswom through a press release on Wednesday. The decision to impose restrictions for entry into the temple has been taken in view of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state of Kerala.

While the state was able to contain an initial outbreak of the Coronavirus, the number of cases has recently started to increase rapidly. Kerala recorded 15,600 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, almost double from about 8,063 cases recorded on June 28. According to data from the health ministry, the active cases in the state stood at 1,08,400, the second-highest among all states and union territories in the country after Maharashtra.

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