Sabarimala, Tirumala to host devotees from next week

Tirupati/Thiruvananthapuram: Two of India's biggest shrines, Lord Ayyappa Temple in Kerala and that of Lord Venkateswara in Andhra Pradesh, will reopen for devotees from next week in lines with the Centre's guidelines, but will do so with a slew of restrictions.

Older people and children will not be allowed in both the hill shrines, while there will be a cap on the number of devotees allowed 'darshan' in the respective temples.

The Lord Balaji temple in Tirupati will open its doors to devotees on June 11, after a gap of more than 80 days, temple administering body TTD said.

The Sabarimala shrine will function from June 9 onwards, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in Thiruvananthapuram.

Both the temples had remained closed to stem the spread of coronavirus but the Centre had recently announced "Unlock 1.0", its graded exit plan from the lockdown, and allowed temples and other religious places of worship to open from June 8 onwards as part of the measure.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) said only 10 per cent of the pre-Covid-19 normal day rush will be now allowed in the shrine. Desk: Asianet Online