Karnataka to open temples, mosques, churches after May 31

South India

Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa on Wednesday said that his government will re-open temples, mosques and churches in the state after May 31.


All places of religious worship have been closed for the public ever since Karnataka enforced a state-wide lockdown on March 24 to contain COVID-19. 

"We are going to open temples, mosques and churches in the state after May 31", he said while speaking to media in Bengaluru.

The Chief Minister stated that the "guidelines will be followed" as suggested by experts for opening the worship places. 

He added that the state government have no objections to open malls and cinema halls, but waiting for the guidelines of the central government.

“Prime Minister will take decisions to allow malls and cinemas to open," he said.

State minister Kota Srinivas Poojary on Tuesday had announced that temples in the state will be opened for public from June 1.

According to him, as trains, flight services, vehicular movements have started, and several devotees have been demanding opening of temples to offer prayers. 

“Movement of people on air and rail has started. We have been receiving repeated pleas from devotees that temples should be opened. When this was discussed with the CM during a review of the Muzrai department, it was decided that temples can start from June 1,” Poojary, the minister for Hindu religious institutions and charitable endowments (Muzrai) had said.

There are over 34,000 temples in the state that come under the Muzrai department.

With inputs from media reports

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