Mysore/Mysuru: As a measure to stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, with devotees likely to throng the Hill temple in large numbers on account of Mahalaya Amavasya today (Sept.17), Deputy Commissioner B. Sharat has ordered closure of the famed Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Hill for devotees today and tomorrow (Sept.17 and 18). The temple was closed on Wednesday too as a precautionary measure ahead of today’s Mahalaya Amavasysa. However, the temple rituals will take place in the presence of priests and the temple staff on these days.
As the temple is shut for devotees, the movement of all types of public and private vehicles to Chamundi Hill has been banned. However, Chamundi Hill residents and vehicles related to essential services only are allowed to enter the Hill upon production of identity card or Aadhaar card. Also, preparation and mass distribution of prasada by the temple and sponsors has been disallowed during the three days or until further notice, according to a press release from the DC.
With the temple shut, Police have also banned movement of vehicles on the road leading to the Hill from Tavarekatte.
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As the religious rituals in connection with Dasara-2020 and Golden Throne assembling will be held at Mysore Palace on Sept. 18, entry to public is banned from 10 am to 1 pm tomorrow, according to a press release from Palace Board.