Maharashtra: As temples reopen from today, Shirdi trust sets daily devotee quota at 6,000

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Shikha Chaurasia

Pune, November 16 2020 : Religious places all across the state of Maharashtra were set to reopen for worship from Monday (November 16).  However, due to the COVID-19 infection still being a risk, for lakhs of devotees, Darshan in the Saibaba Temple in Shirdi will still be restricted.

The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST), keeping in mind the risk of the spread of the virus, the trust has decided to allow only 6,000 devotees per day for Darshan.

Instructions for Darshan

  1. Devotees who are willing to come for Darshan have to book a Darshan Pass and Room through the website, online.sai.org.in.
  2. People above the age of 65, with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years will not be eligible for Darshan.
  3. Individuals must keep a distance of at least 6 feet in public places or as far as feasible in the location.
  4. Use of face masks or covers is mandatory.
  5. Frequent hand washing should be practised (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when the hands are not visibly dirty. Also, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) should be practised whenever feasible.
  6. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves the strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly.
  7. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illnesses at the earliest to the state and district helpline should be kept in mind.
  8. Spitting is strictly prohibited. A penalty will be imposed as a deterrent.
  9. No physical offerings like Prasad/distribution or sprinkling of holy water etc. will be allowed inside the temple premises.