Guidelines at temples: Have Darshan, pay obeisance but no holy water, Prasadam


Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, May 29: Temples will be open for devotees from June 1 onwards. But the muzrai department is preparing not to allow dispensing of the customary holy water or Prasadam in token of the deity's blessings to the devotees. At the same time, devotees will be restrained from carrying with them any types of puja materials like coconuts, fruits, flower, Tulsi twigs etc when entering the temples.

The draft circular prepared to list out precautions to be undertaken in all temples to stop spread of coronavirus has these proposals.

 

The devotees can only have Darshan of the Lord and prostrate before the deities. They cannot take part in any of the festivities related to the temple or perform services. Even the devotees who book services online will only get to have the Darshan of the deity. The proposed circular also plans to ban annual car festivals, fairs etc where large number of people come together, temporarily till further orders.

Meetings which are necessarily to be held inside the temples can be held with a limited number by maintaining social distance. When hiring the temple space or halls of the temples for marriage and other programmes, they should adhere to the guidelines issued by the central and state governments relating to COVID-19.

As per the draft circular, checking of body temperature is a must at the entrance. The devotees should wear masks or kerchiefs around their mouths and noses. Everyone should clean hands with sanitisers at the entrance. The devotees should maintain distance of one metre between them. Disinfectants should be used in outer and inner precincts of the temples to maintain cleanliness. Priests, assistants and other indoor staff should wear masks in all places other than the inner space. Temple officials and employees should compulsorily wear masks.

 

  

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, May 30 2020

    That means coconut & flower vendors business will not pick up, they will be unhappy!!

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  • Manojb, Mangalore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    Please pray from home God is everywhere don’t spread the virus already we are out of control poojari can make money latter

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    GOD is every where. If pray with clean and clear mind in our home also won't do any difference. I have a small MANTAP in my praying room. I decorate daily with flowers. I pray daily and I feel fresh. With all reactions, I don't feel we will feel fresh. Wait for some time, after everything clear, good days will come.

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  • Manojb, Mangalore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    need more money re Baba..

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Sat, May 30 2020

    People here asking about kanike. They have opened Temples not for your darshana but for kanike only.

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Sat, May 30 2020

    People here asking about kanike. They have opened Temples not for your darshana but for kanike only.

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    alongwith darshan, also the virus. Good luck! God might protect.

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  • Desmond, Mangalore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    You can still despense prasadam , holy water like how you despense hand sanitizer, some company or individual needs to improvise those despensing machines to handle a little larger quantity
    There is a solution to every need

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    Is there any restriction to put 'KANIKE' in the Hundi????

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    Dear God, we need your showers of blessings
    Have mercy on us lord and forgive all our sins
    And give us strength to fight this corona pandemic
    Open the door of your home, Lord, open the door

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, May 30 2020

    Simply Pray for India ...

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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    Its only mentioned about rules and regulations formed in connection with Hindus Temples dharshan only. what about Churches and other castes prayer halls etc. Minister Sri Kota Srinivas Poojary is only interested in Temples. What about others? Any rules framed with regard to Churches and other prayer Halls. Whether Churches etc. are not permitted to open from 1st June?

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Sat, May 30 2020

    No holy water, No Prasadam, ....what about "KAANIKE"??

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  • Af,,, MANGALORE

    Sat, May 30 2020

    Ye andar ki baath hai.

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  • Christine, Mangalore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    Kanike is personal choice of the worshiper. You are free to use your discretion.

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