Rajanna Sircilla: The popular Vemulawada Rajarajeshwara Swamy temple was closed for devotees from Sunday. Except for internal rituals, all other Arjithasevalu have been suspended.
The temple authorities, taking into account the anticipated heavy rush for Sri Rama navami on April 21, took the decision to close the shrine for five days from April 18 to April 22 in the wake of rapid spread of Covid-19 in the temple town and surrounding areas in the wake of rapid spread of Covid-19 in the temple town as well as its surrounding areas.
Authorities could not stop devotees from gathering at the temple on the occasion of Sivakalyana on March 31. As devotees were not allowed to take part in the celestial wedding of lord Siva, thousands of pilgrims gathered outside the temple. Lanes and bylanes near the shrine were packed with devotees.
This prompted the temple officials not to allow devotees for the celestival wedding of Sri Rama. Bakthostva kalyanam and Rathostavam scheduled on April 21 on the occasion of Sri Rama Navami stand cancelled.
Besides Kodemokku, the popular ritual in the shrine, all other rituals have also been cancelled. The temple authorities have asked the devotees to perform online pujas. If they register their names for different rituals through TS Mee Seva 2.0 or T App Folio, rituals would be performed in the name of devotees in the shrine.
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