BH CORRESPONDENT, Hyderabad: Across the nation, various religious institutions are being close down as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of coronavirus. In a major update amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) board has closed down the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala near Tirupati till March 31, to combat spread of COVID-19.
The TTD officials have also closed the Ghat road at Alipiri for devotees to enter the hill and requested the devotees to leave the temple premises. The temple board has taken this decision, keeping in view of the devotees’ safety.
Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting with the health department on Thursday to discuss measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The meeting was held after the state reported second positive coronavirus case on Thursday morning.
In a press meet on Thursday, the TTD executive oficer Anil Kumar Singhal said that this is a temporary closure for the devotees only. The customary rituals for the deity including the Ekantha Seva will continue, as usual, he clarified. He also clarified that this closure is for one week of as of now. He requested pilgrims to cooperate during these difficult times.
Added to that, TTD has also closed the entry ghat road and opened the left exit ghat for the pilgrims to leave. They have also closed the Srivari walkway.
Earlier on Wednesday, Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir was also closed for the same reason.