March 02: The increasing coronavirus cases in Maharashtra has made the state government take some vital decisions, ongoing which, the Siddhivinayak Temple trust has decided to suspend the offline darshan for the devotees starting from the 25th of February, 2021.

As per the latest reports, citizens will now have to book their darshan via the online medium where they will receive a QR code which they have to show while entering the temple premises. Only those citizens will be allowed on the premises who will have their darshan booked via the online platform.

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  • The temple administration will scan the QR code, verify the citizens and then the devotees will be allowed. The darshan timings will be from 8AM to 9PM.
  • Reportedly, the temple has asked all the citizens to help the authorities to help them fight against the deadly disease by following the norms and prefer using online medium for booking purposes.
  • In another provision, if visitors fail to make an online booking, then they are free to get the registration done offline at the counter located outside the temple premises.
  • Other than this to ensure a safe darshan of all the visitors, only those will be allowed to enter who have a normal body temperature.
  • The temple administration will follow strict covid protocols making mask-wearing and the practice of social distance mandatory.

The decision was made yesterday, ahead of today that is, March 2 as the day is celebrated as Angaraki Sankashti Chaturthi. The day witnesses heavy devotee presence in Ganesh temples across the country.

On the strict directives issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the Siddhivinayak Temple has taken the call to limit the large gatherings that were issued on the 18th of February in order to control the spread of the highly contagious covid-19.

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