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Chandigarh

No prayers as usual this ‘Shrawan’ in city

July 06, 2020 07:00 AM

COURTESY TOI JULY 6

No prayers as usual this ‘Shrawan’ in city
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Chandigarh:

Unlike in the past, this year devotees will not be able to perform puja at temples on Mondays during the month of Shrawan the traditional way. The auspicious month begins from Monday, July 6.


Due to the pandemic, priests say, the devotees would not be allowed to offer anything except water in most Shivalayas, while in some, the devotees may have to be satisfied with only darshan.

In some temples located in residential areas, arrangements have been made for the devotees to offer water on Shivalinga from a distance. Manohar Lal, a priest at one of such temples, said, “We have made an arrangement, under which the devotees can pour water in a box kept some 6-foot away and the same flows on to the Shivalinga.” The temples in Sector 30 A, Sector 22 and Shiv Kheda Mandir in Sector 24 have this arrangement.

On Sunday, many temples were seen making preparations ahead of the Shrawan festivity. Premises were being decorated with lights and flowers. Most temples have also arranged hand sanitisers for the devotees. Sita Ram, a priest at a Sector 7 located temple, said they are urging the devotees to maintain social distancing and wear masks.

In some temples in Zirakpur area, the priests said they have decided to allow devotees one by one, though they would not be able to touch the idols. “We will allow them to offer water and other things they offer on Shrawani Somvar. Social distancing will be maintained and hand sanitisers and hand-washing facility will be provided,” said the priest at a temple in Baltana of Zirakpur.

Sector 40-locted Lal Dwar temple has installed a sensorbased “charanamrit” machine for devotees and made arrangements for prasad packets to ensure that priests and devotees do not need to come in touch

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