For the first time, the Kalika Mata hill temple in Pavagadh in Halol of Panchmahals of Gujarat will remain closed for public for 17 days during the Navratri festival, from October 16 to November 1, due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The administration and the management of the temple trust decided to close the temple as it was not possible to “keep crowds at bay” or follow social distancing as large number of devotees may arrive during the Navratri festival, reported the Indian express.
Over 50,000 people had been visiting the temple on a regular basis since reopening in June. during Navratri festival, the numbers would have doubled at least, posing a mountainous challenge to the authorities.
However, respecting the faith of the masses, the trustees of the temple have decided to set up a LCD screen at the base of the hill, which will beam live footages from sanctum sanctorum for devotees.
Meanwhile, Ambaji temple will remain open during the Navratri festival as per the Covid-19 guidelines, members of the Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust said. The temple will remain open in three slots — morning, afternoon and evening.