Karnataka to reopen temples from June 1; final decision after Centre guidelines

The Karnataka government said on Tuesday that temples in the state could be reopened from 1 June, however, a final decision will be taken after the Center issues its guidelines on May 31.

Temples in Karnataka have been closed for more than two months due to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.

If they open on June 1, the temples must follow a standard operating protocol (SOP) statewide.

On Tuesday, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa held a meeting with officials and various ministers of the Mujrai (Hindu religious institutions and charitable arrangements) department at his home office in Bengaluru.

After the meeting with the CM, Kota Srinivas Pujari, the Minister of Mujrai and Fisheries of Karnataka, told reporters that the SOP would be released soon. He said, “Trains and flights have already started. Many people are requesting that we open temples. Therefore, it was decided that the temples could reopen from June 1, ”said Srinivas Pujari.

“We will only allow day-to-day rituals and will not allow any temple fairs and programs. The SOP will be released soon after discussions with officials about reopening.

After the meeting, Yeddyurappa launched an app-based online booking of sev and puja services and e-dan in the temples. Through the app, devotees can book sev from 52 temples under the Mugarai department.

These temples include the famous Sri Mookambika Temple in Kollur, Kukke Sri Subramanya Temple in Dakshina Kannada, Renuka Yellamma Temple in Saundatti, and Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple and Banashankari Temple in Bengaluru.

The government is yet to make a statement on the opening of other religious structures such as mosques and churches.

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