Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai re-opens for devotees after 165 days

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Children below the age of 10, pregnant women and people above the age of 60 years will not be permitted to visit the temple

Madurai’s Meenakshi Amman temple has re-opened on Tuesday under the new relaxations of Unlock 4.0 after closing it over five months in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.

Devotees would be allowed to enter the temple after following the COVID-19 protocol guidelines.

Accordingly, children below the age of 10, pregnant women and people above the age of 60 years will not be permitted to visit the temple.

Again, the devotees will not be allowed to offer any food items to the deity as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the virus.

As the famous historic temple re-opened after a long gap of 165 days, a large number of devotees queued up outside the temple following social distancing norms to offer their prayers.

Before entering the premises of the shrine, the temperatures of the devotees were checked and they were provided with hand sanitiser.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday reported as many as 5,928 COVID-19 positive cases taking the total figure to 4,33,969 so far. As many as 96 patients succumbed to the disease in the past 24 h ours taking the death toll to 7,418 so far.

The state capital Chennai alone reported 1,084 cases.

There are total 52,379 active cases in the state while as many as 6,031 patients have been discharged on Tuesday. The number of recoveries stand at 3,74,172.

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