Sabarimala Temple to Open from November 16th with Restrictions:- With the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, all the temples and public places are shut since March. The Centre granted relaxations slowly though the spread of coronavirus continues to be high in the country. The temples and other religious shrines are getting reopened slowly. The popular Sabarimala temple in Kerala will open its doors for the pilgrims on November 16th as the busy season starts in the month. The temple is all set to open the doors for the Mandalam-Makaravilakku season and there are restrictions for the pilgrims. The doctors recommended that people of the state will be allowed to visit the Sabarimala temple.
The decision has been taken to prevent overcrowding and the spread of coronavirus around the temple premises. The two-month-long Madalam-Makaravilakku season is famous and Sabarimala temple is quite busy during these months. An estimated number of 30 lakh pilgrims visit Sabarimala temple every year during the season. Last year, the number fell less with 7.7 lakh devotees after the protests against the entry of women. Kadakampally Surendran, Kerala’s minister for Devaswom confirmed that the temple would reopen from November 16th and he said that the state government will take all the protocols and follow the social distancing guidelines that are issued by the Union Health Ministry. All the devotees will have to submit their COVID-19 negative certificates before they enter into the temple premises.