The Mahakaleshwar temple at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh reopened for devotees on June 28 after a gap of 80 days.
The temple was closed to the public on April 9 following a rise in daily COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh. It had to be closed for the second time during the coronavirus pandemic that broke out in early 2020.
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Here are the guidelines:
Entry to the temple's sanctum sanctorum and ‘Nandi Hall’ will not be allowed, the assistant administrator RK Tiwari told news agency PTI. The entry of devotees in the Bhasmarti and Shayan Aarti will be restricted until further orders.
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Devotees need to take online permission for the deity's darshan. Or, they can avail special darshan arrangement by paying a fee of Rs 250.
People who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine need to show the vaccination certificate to enter the temple. If not, they would have to carry a negative RT-PCR report issued 48 hours before entering the temple.
About 3,500 devotees will be allowed to enter the temple between 6 am and 8 pm every day. About 500 people will be allowed to enter the temple in seven slots each. They will have to abide by safety measures including physical distancing and wearing masks.
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