Sabarimala: The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala opened for the two-month-long annual pilgrimage season on Monday with coronavirus protocol in place.
The Kerala government said elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure no infected person is able to enter the hill shrine for the pilgrimage.
The entire pilgrimage would be through the virtual queue system.
The outgoing head priest A.K Sudheer Namboothiri had opened the sanctum sanctorum in the presence of the chief priest (Tantri) Kandararu Rajeevaru on Sunday evening.
Earlier in September, the Kerala government had issued the COVID-19 guidelines and said that the steps will be taken to ensure that those infected with COVID-19 would not participate in the pilgrimage.
Devotees have also been asked to maintain strict social distancing during the trekking. Markings will be drawn at various locations, including the temple to help pilgrims maintain social distancing. Those aged between 60-65 years should submit a medical fitness certificate.