New Delhi: With only four days to go for the month of ‘Saawan’ to begin, the holy city of Varanasi is gearing up to meet the rush of devotees. In the midst of Coronavirus pandemic, the district administration in Varanasi has warned that if any temple is found violating the guidelines of social distancing and checking crowding, the temple will be closed.Also Read - International Travel: Open Air Travel For Vaccinated Passengers, Says Global Airlines' Association
It must be noted that in the auspicious month of ‘Saawan’, a huge number of devotees throng the various temples, particularly Shiva temples, including Kashi Vishwanath. Also Read - Delhi Records Zero Covid Deaths, Second Time Since Onset of 2nd Wave; 66 Cases
District Magistrate, Kaushal Raj Sharma, has asked the police to increase vigil on roads and around temples and identify spots where safety protocols are being violated. Also Read - Guru Purnima 2021: Only 'Symbolic Snan' Allowed in Haridwar; Negative RT-PCR Report Must For Devotees
As per directions, if crowding and violation of prescribed guidelines for social distancing is found at any temple, the temple will be closed immediately.
Furrther, no devotee will be allowed to move out before 5 am to offer prayers. Wearing a mask, using sanitizer and following norms of social distancing will be mandatory.
The District Magistrate has further ordered a two-hour drive, every morning, against those who violate the safety guidelines.
Devotees turn out in large numbers in the morning at the Ghats of Varanasi and in temples.
The officials have been directed to create awareness among people for prevention of spread of the virus through police or hired vehicles.
The additional city magistrates have been asked to keep a sharp vigil on shops, market-goers, auto and e-rickshaws to ensure that the norms of social distancing are maintained.