The Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in East Delhi is all set to reopen for the public from October 13, 2020 with strict measures of safety and social distancing. The temple remained shut for nearly six months due to the pandemic and is now finally reopening as part of Unlock 5. In March 2020 BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha had shut its temples across the world and stalled all its public activities in the wake of the novel Coronavirus.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus earlier this year had forced BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha to not just shut all its temples but also postponed all its gatherings, events and scheduled festival celebrations across both of its Shikharbaddha Mandirs as well as Hari Mandirs and all the Satsang centres in India.
The temple authorities have issued certain guidelines that need to be followed both by the authorities and the devotees to ensure safety from COVID-19 infection. The guidelines are as follows:
Only a limited number of devotees will be permitted to enter the premises of the temple between 5 PM to 7 PM. However visitors entering the temple before the closing hours can stay inside the temple till 8 PM.
It is compulsory for all the devotees to wear masks or face shields. Each visitor needs to undergo thermal screening during entry.
While the exhibition hall of the temple will remain closed even after the reopening, other areas such as food courts, bookshops, gardens and gift centres will be operational.
The musical fountain programme which is highly popular among temple visitors will also remain reopen. Only a limited number of visitors shall be allowed to sit in the musical fountain area so that proper social distancing can be maintained.
'Akshardham' refers to the divine home of God and is considered to be an abiding place of peace, purity and devotion. This mandir (a Hindu temple) has been a popular tourist site ever since it opened in Delhi in November 2005. It was built as a tribute to a Hindy deity- Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the avatars, sages and devas of Hinduism. The temple is located in East Delhi and was constructed with the help of over 8,000 spiritual volunteers from different parts of the world.
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple of Delhi has around 20,000 statues of divine figures of India. The temple complex has sarovar, garden and even a 3000-feet long path for parikrama. The musical fountain show which is called the ‘Circle of Life’ is the key attraction of the temple. Devotees can also take a virtual tour of the temple compound while staying at their homes amid the pandemic.
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