Sabarimala Temple now permits all devotees; this is the limit
Sabarimala Temple now permits all devotees; this is the limit

Sabarimala has now permitted devotees to worship. A maximum of 1000 devotees will be given entrance into the Sabarimala hill shrine every day from November 16, if the Kerala government receives the guidance of the expert committee. On Tuesday, the committee planning COVID-19 safety rules for pioneer entry into Sabarimala deposited their suggestions. The report asserts that devotees will be verified once again at the entry points in Nilakkal, even if they carry their COVID-19 negative certificates.

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However, the final judgment on permitting devotees will be decided by the government, Devaswom Minister Kadakkampally Surendran told media persons. “Pilgrims who wish to do a Darshini at Sabarimala hill shrine should first register at the COVID-19 jagratha portal. At the entry points, pilgrims can get tested after paying the entry fee. The Pampa river will be closed to pilgrims as bathing in the river is prohibited. Stay at the sannidhanam and near the Ganapathi temple etc is also prohibited and all lodges will remain closed to pilgrims,” the Devaswom minister added.

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Most importantly, the report also insists that only pilgrims between the ages of 10 and 60 should be admitted into the temple. Those above 60 and children below 10 years of age fall in the vulnerable category and hence should stay away from crowds as per Kerala’s COVID-19 protocol. The Devaswom Minister added that the government will take a look at all the recommendations in the report and take an informed stance on the entry of pilgrims into Sabarimala.

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