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 - 40 Gangsters Party in Delhi's Dwarka to Celebrate Release Of Fellow Criminal, Get Caught

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 - Indian Health Experts Take Russian COVID-19 Vaccine With Pinch of Salt

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 - What is 'Airgasm'? Know About The New Word in COVID-19 Vocabulary That Is Going Viral

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.