Tirupati: The Venkateswara temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh opened to the public this week after almost 80 days. The temple was shut in late March because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.
Since the number of Covid cases in India is on the rise, strict social distancing rules have been put in place, along with temperature checks.
Fewer staff members are currently on the temple premises and there is a cap on the number of visitors being allowed. While the temple earlier saw anything between 75,000 and 90,000 devotees daily, there are only about 6,000 now.
Government guidelines to ease the lockdown allowed reopening of religious places from 8 June. The Tirupati temple was opened for employees on 8 June and local devotees on 10 June.
ThePrint’s photojournalist Manisha Mondal visited Tirupati Thursday to see how devotees and temple authorities were adjusting to the new norms.
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