Varanasi: Seems like the Gods are also not safe from the coronavirus outbreak, which is why priests in a temple in Varanasi decided to put masks on the idols. Yes, the ‘Shivling’ at Prahladeshwar temple has been covered with a mask and posters have been put up in temple appealing devotees to not touch the idols. Also Read - Uber May Temporarily Suspend Accounts of Riders, Drivers With Coronavirus

“Coronavirus has spread across the country. We have put a mask on Lord Vishwanath to raise awareness about coronavirus. Just like we put clothes on the idols when it is cold and put ACs or fans when it’s hot, we have put masks on the deities,” temple priest Krishna Anand Pandey said on Monday. Also Read - Watch: From Chanting 'Go Corona' to Burning Corona Effigy -- Things India is Doing to Fight Coronavirus

The priest also urged people to not touch the idols to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“We are urging people not to touch the idols to prevent the spread of the virus. If people touch the idol, the virus will spread and more people will get infected,” he added.

The priest and devotees at the temple were seen offering prayers wearing face masks.

Well, this is not the first time that priests in Varanasi have pulled off such a stunt. Last year, in November, priests had covered the face of a Shivling with a mask to protect the idol from air pollution.

The global death toll from the coronavirus passed 4,000 on Tuesday as China reported 17 new deaths.  Meanwhile, on Monday, the government revealed that positive cases of the novel coronavirus in India had soared up to 47 after two new cases were confirmed in Pune.