Up to 1,000 worshipers will be allowed to offer prayers each day at Lord Ayyappa’s hilltop shrine when it opens for the two-month pilgrim season from November 16, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday.
During the holidays and on “Makaravilakku” day, more pilgrims may need to be allowed in darshan, he told reporters.
With the temple set to open for the Mandala Makaravillaku season, the government has made elaborate arrangements for pilgrims amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
It would be mandatory for worshipers planning to attend the shrine to carry COVID-19 negative certificates and those deployed for temple functions will also be required to produce them.
Mr Vijayan said that if pilgrims from other states tested positive, they would have full facilities for treatment in Kerala.
However, if they wished to return to their respective States, the necessary arrangements would be made.
Ayyappa Temple had opened to worshipers during the monthly five-day pujas starting October 17 after remaining closed to pilgrims for the past six months.
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