- Authorities have not yet issued an official order to cancel the celebrations
- Currently, the temple is open for only one hour every day
- The temple is open for half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening for performing pooja
According to Kovid protocols, the doors of the temple will be closed on Friday, March 12, the day of Maha Shivratri. The management said in a statement issued on Sunday that it was a measure for the safety of all devotees.
Currently, the temple is open for only one hour every day. The temple trustee told Gulf News that the temple is open for half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening.
Shivratri is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in the temples. Between 50,000 and 60,000 devotees used to come here every morning before the Kovid epidemic. Though the authorities have not yet issued an official order to cancel the celebrations, the temple management has asked them to close the temple with caution.
‘Thousands of people together do not want to worry about the spread of the virus. Therefore, it was decided to close the temple as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the community, ‘said the trustee.
The temple building caught fire a few days before the Shivratri festival last year. Two shops caught fire due to a short circuit. However, the temple premises were not affected. The shops reopened the next day.
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