- The decision comes within the background of the Maharashtra Government engaging to people to dodge crowd and mass get-togethers as measures to avoid spread of the viral disease.
- It’s declared that The Siddhivinayak Temple, one of the most visited sanctums in Mumbai will stay closed for devotees till further notice in view of the coronavirus outbreak in Maharashtra.
- An official said that the Teljabhavani Temple, another popular religious place in Maharashtra found Osmanabad area, will stay closed for devotees from March 17 to 31.
- Siddhivinayak Temple trust Chairman Adesh Bandekar said “Thousands and lakhs of people come to the Siddhivinayak Temple to pay respect. In the current situation, it is our responsibility to deal with the crisis.” Bandekar added, “Hence the trust has decided that the temple will be closed for worship till further notice.”
- Maharashtra has reported 39 positive cases of coronavirus till now.
- Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nagesh Shitole stated, “Inspite of the coronavirus outbreak, 13000 devotees visited the Tuljabhavani Temple on Sunday.” He added, “Hence, a meeting of the managing committee was held today and it was decided to shut the temple for devotees from Tuesday.”
- In the interim, the ISCKON Temple at Juhu has been closed for devotees for an uncertain period. A representative for the sanctuary said that devotees will not be permitted. However, prayers and other customs at the temple will proceed as normal.
Credits : PTI