Doors of temples and other places of worship open in state, less turnout of devotees

Ramgarh/Chatra/Ranchi: After nearly seven months due to Coronavirus the closed doors of the prominent temples, shrines and other places of worship have been thrown open for the people from Thursday onwards as part of relaxation announced under Unlock-Five.

Maa Chinmastika Temple located in Rajrappa of Ramgarh district which is one among the 51 Shakipeeths dedicated to Goddess Sati in the country was also opened for the people. However, on the first day, only a limited number of people had turned up at the temple.

The officials of the district administration and those belonging to the temple management committee were seen urging the people to follow the guidelines issued in wake of Coronavirus while the people too were spotted taking the necessary precautions as they had their faces covered and before entering the temple they were made to use hand sanitizers and undergo thermal screening. Even the priests were spotted wearing masks and hand gloves.

Since people also perform goat sacrifice at the temple therefore on the first day itself the sacrifices were made. Initially, the district administration wanted the animal sacrifice to be made near the river but after the priests protested claiming that it would be against the rituals performed to the deity the administration had relented.

A report from Chatra said that Maa Bhadrakali Temple located in Itkhori was also opened on Thursday. However, as on the first day, the online system for registration was not put into place therefore only a limited number of devotees were allowed inside the temple that too after following the guidelines which have been laid by the government.

The Bansidhar Temple located in Nagar Untari of Garhwa district was also opened for the people. The main priest of the temple said that no Prasad was offered to God and instead a leaf of Tulsi was being given to the devotees. The people were also requested to leave the temple premises once they had paid their obeisance.

In the state capital of Ranchi, the doors of the temples were opened in the afternoon. At Pahadi Mandir only a handful of devotees turned up. Earlier the district administration had said that the temples in the capital would be opened from Saturday onwards. The priests of the Pahadi Mandir said that all guidelines issued in wake of Coronavirus are being followed at the temple.

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