Temples, other religious places to reopen in Maharashtra

Temples, other religious places to reopen in Maharashtra

For the last couple of months, there has been a lot of political tension in Maharashtra over the demand to reopen temples. The center had given a go-ahead to open religious places of worship across the country to reopen from June 8. However, the same continues to be closed in Maharashtra as the government fears that opening them would lead to a spike in coronavirus cases.

In India, the maximum number of coronavirus cases are in Maharashtra. Since the last couple of weeks there has been a reduction in the new cases being reported every day and perhaps keeping that in mind, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced that temples and religious places can open from Padwa, which is observed tomorrow. 

While the places of worship are now opening, he stressed that the people will have to make sure that all social distancing norms are followed and people wear masks in the temple. He said that "Now the government has decided to open all places of worship, including temples, on the eve of Padwa tomorrow, everyone has to strictly follow the rules and discipline. The key is to avoid the crowds in the actual prayer halls and protect yourself and others."

The Bombay high court, on Wednesday, November 11, allowed two Jain temples located in Dadar and Byculla to open for devotees in Mumbai for five days during Diwali. This will be allowed between Dhnateras and Bhau Beej with strict conditions. 

While the temples and places of worship have been allowed to open, there is still no word on by when the general public will be allowed to board the local trains.

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