Bengaluru: The state government has announced that temples will be opened to the public on June 1. Social distancing norms, however, will have to be followed at the places of worship.
The announcement was made my Muzrai Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary on Tuesday, May 26.
According to a report by Times of India, the minister said that discussions regarding the Muzrai department were held with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. "During the meeting, it was decided to open the temples from June 1," he is quoted as saying.
He elaborated to the media that the plan is to allow all rituals one the temples are opened, however, depending on the situation, they might limit the number of rituals.
Minister Kota also clarified that while the temples have been granted permission to open for people to offer pooja and partake in the daily rituals, temple fairs and events will not be allowed.
Meanwhile, instructions have been issued regarding the precautionary measures to ensure social distancing.
Additionally, sevas at 52 selected temples can be booked online from tomorrow, the Minister informed.
It can be recalled that alll religious places were banned from opening to the public in order to arrest the spread of COVID-19.
Congress MLA Haris accuses government of playing communal politics
Shanthinagar MLA NA Haris slammed the state government for playing "communal politics" by only allowing temples and not other religious pleaces to open.
"The government should announce the reopening of mosques and churches also. They were all closed together and should reopen together," He said.
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