Mysuru, December 26:- The Mysuru district administration on Thursday (December 24) announced a ban on the entry of general public to the Chamundi Hill Temple from December 28 to January 1, 2021 as a measure to contain the possible spread of Covid-19 as it expects a large crowd during the first day of the year who offer pujas to Goddesses Chamundeshwari.
The district administration has issued directives to keep the temple and Chamundi Hill out of bound for public to prevent mass gathering as it leads to Covid-19 norms flouting and difficult to keep physical distancing a difficult task.
However, this will not affect the religious rites which are conducted by the temple priests. The temple staff have to comply with the Covid-19 guidelines. The temple will be closed to the public between December 28 and January 1 as a precautionary measure during which time the car festival is scheduled. The district administration has directed the temple authorities to conduct the car festival as per government SOPs.
Consequent to the state government decision to curb the New Year celebrations in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the authorities in Mysuru have also introduced measures to ensure that there is no mass gathering and public celebrations. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)