Religious places reopen for devotees in Maharashtra

After remaining shut for nearlyeight months, places of religious worship reopened inMaharashtra on Monday with COVID-19 prevention protocols inplace.

Devotees were seen visiting the famous Siddhivinayaktemple and the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, and some of theother prominent religious places in the state.

The reopening of the places of worship coincided withthe Diwali Padwa, which is an important festival in thestate.

Early in the morning, devotees were seen visiting LordVitthals temple at Pandharpur in Solapur, Saibabas shrine inShirdi, Goddess Tulja Bhavanis temple in Osmanabad and theSiddhivinayak temple and the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai.

The Siddhivinayak Temple Trusts chairman AadeshBandekar on Sunday said only 1,000 devotees will be allowedinside the temple every day in staggered time slots to bebooked through a mobile phone application.

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