Thursday, 19 March 2020

Some heritage temples in Tamil Nadu are closed, but 'Thermal Screening' of devotees continues at famous temples


Fortunately this far there are no positive cases of corona virus in Tamil Nadu,  however, the TN govt., does not want to take chances  and  has beefed up  screening measures at temples across the state that attract visitors from all over the country. The temples that attract mostly foreigners like the Big temple at Thanjavur, etc
 are closed for devotees. Exposure to foreign tourists is avoided as much as possible in the current  ''virus-scare'' scenario.


Thermal scanners  are in place at the famed Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, (the largest functional temple in the world)  the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai and  famous Murugan(Karthkaya)Temple in Palani in nearby Dindigul district. here devotees in thousands throng them almost daily. All precautionary measures are being taken in temples across the state by the present govt. headed by sri. EPS and Sri Pannerselvam .
The staff in major temples  are advised to check for pilgrims with symptoms for COVID-19.  "Devotees are first screened and then allowed inside the temple. If someone has symptoms of fever and cold, then they are asked not to enter the premises. This will continue for some time,” a senior official said.

The UNESCO recognized world heritage site  Sri Brihadeesvara Temple of Thanjavur, TN  that was consecrated last month on 5th February after a gap of 23 years has been  closed for the  devotees since yesterday. Being a  fine  example of Chola architecture of exceptional beauty built in the year 1010 AD by Rajaraja I (A D 985-1012), lots of foreigners and also tourists from TN and other states (some people say  more than 30000 people visit this temple and on holidays and week ends  it will be much  more) come here. This temple provides an opportunity for a large gathering of people from various places/ countries to move around in close proximity. If one carries the corona virus, the risk will be very high.   So the temple management  announced that poojas would be held inside the temple premises daily as per the temple schedule but no devotees would be allowed inside.  Post-kumbabishegam, the temple has been witnessing increasing crowd from both tourists and temple devotees.
Thanjavur big temple, TN. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

Airavatesvara Temple. Darasurm, Thanjavur dist., TN en.wikipedia.org
Darasuram Iraavadheswarar temple, built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE near temple city  Kumbakonam, Thanjavur Dist.,  is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur, the Gangaikonda cholisvaram Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram that are referred to as the Great Living Chola Temples. The Darasuram temple is  also closed due to corona virus scare because, it is also a popular tourist place. All these temples are being managed by the ASI - Archaeological Survey of India.
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 https://www.dtnext.in/Lifestyle/Spirituality/2020/03/18160709/1220687/Thanjavur-Big-temple-closed-amidst-coronavirus-surge.vpf
 https://www.deccanherald.com/national/tamil-nadu-temples-adopt-screening-methods-to-prevent-coronavirus-814041.html