Lockdown 4.0: Temples say they are waiting for instructions from the government

The authorities at three temples in the neighbourhood say that haven’t received any information from the government about reopening dates, social distancing and other norms.

At Sri Kapali Temple, Mylapore, the executive officer of the temple, D. Kaveri says, “We have been supplying about 150 food packets to the shelter at C. P. Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet everyday for lunch. We have only one staff working on that now. We have stopped annadanam to the general public since the lockdown. But we would like to continue that once the temple reopens. We are waiting for instructions from the government regarding that too”.

At Sri Karaneeswarar Temple at Bazaar Road, Mylapore, the chief priest at the temple, T. V. Shanmugha gurukal, says, “Two staff members go into the temple everyday to do the pooja and we have been doing that since the lockdown. Utsavams and abhishekams attract a lot of crowd. We will follow the instructions of HR&CE on how to manage the crowd when the temples reopen”.

The chairman of Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple, Mylapore says, “A few staff members have been going to the temple everyday to perform the daily pooja. They use masks and sanitize their hands and feet before entering the temple. We are disinfecting the premises regularly. We will continue to do this till the temples reopen. After that based on what the government decides we will take further precautions.