The sudden rise in Covid cases has forced temple authorities to come up with a way of pre-registering devotees before they visit the temple. Only five devotees, who have already booked their slots online, will be allowed to enter the temple at a time.
With Covid cases going north in Braj region, night curfew has been in Agra from Monday. The curfew will start from 9 pm and last till 6 am.
The Mathura district magistrate has also announced a night curfew in Mathura and Vrindavan.
Keeping the situation in mind, the management committee of Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan has decided that only visitors, who pre-register online, will be allowed inside the temple premises.
Also, only 5 devotees will be allowed inside the temple at one time. Similar rules will apply to the other temples in Mathura and Vrindavan as well.
Mathura district magistrate Navneet Chahal told India Today that the COVID-19 guidelines will be implemented strictly in the district and violators will not be spared.
Bankey Bihari Temple manager Munish Kumar Sharma said: “Only five devotees will be allowed inside the mandir premises on the condition that they will continuously wear a mask. He appealed to the devotees to avoid bringing senior citizens above 60 years and children below the age of 10.
For online registrations, devotees can use this link: https://darshan.yatradham.org/shreebankebiharitemple.html. Through this, devotees can book a slot before their visit.
The temple will remain open till 9:30 pm but the devotees will have to leave by 9 pm due to the night curfew. The timings of the Shree Krishna Janma Bhoomi temple have also been changed and the temple will now close for devotees at 8 pm.
The Goverdhan Parikrama will also be closed from 9 pm to 6 am. Goverdhan SDM Rahul Yadav appealed to all the devotees to not venture out of their homes at night and maintain social distancing when outside in the day.
Because of the night curfew, the Muslim community is also facing difficulty in observing the Tarabi Namaz, which starts at 9 pm and ends around 11 pm.
A delegation of Muslim community leaders met the district administrative officials requesting special permission for the Tarabi Namaz. They were assured that their request will be forwarded to the state government.
Social activist Amir Qureshi said: “Preserving life is the first and foremost duty of every human being. Prayers can only be offered in temples, mosques, and churches if the people are alive and well.”