Vaikunta Ekadashi: No entry to temples, devotees pray from outside
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Vaikunta Ekadashi: No entry to temples, devotees pray from outside

January 13, 2022

Mysore/Mysuru: The Vaikunta Ekadashi festival was a simple affair today in the city, sans any fervour and gaiety, as the Government last week announced fresh COVID protocol and restrictions, disallowing the devotees from entering temples during festivals that are going to take place this month,  as a safety and precautionary measure to check the spread of the pandemic.

As the prominent temples where Vaikunta Ekadashi used to be celebrated with fervour in the past years — Sri Venkataramanaswamy temple on KRS road in Vontikoppal and Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple on Kalidasa road — were shut today, the devotees were seen praying from outside the temples. However, the customary pujas and rituals took place in the presence of priests and the temple staff in both the temples.

Devotees who visited Sri Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple in Vijayanagar First Stage too had to pray from outside as the Police were deployed to restrict entry into the temple.

However, devotees lined up in moderate numbers at Uttara Dwara (North entrance) of Sri Datta Venkateshwara temple in Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda  Ashrama on  Mysuru-Ooty road, one of the very few temples of the city that allowed entry for devotee with COVID appropriate behaviour.

After performance of customary rituals associated with Vaikunta Ekadashi, the Sri Datta Venkateshwara temple was opened for devotees from 7 am till 3 pm. After a brief break, the temple was opened again for the devotees from 3.30 to 9 pm. All the devotees were required to produce their vaccine certificate of two doses and mandatorily wear mask for entering the temple. Also, devotees were sent only in groups of 50 at one time. There was no distribution of Prasada and Teertha as in the past.

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Vaikunta Ekadashi: No entry to temples, devotees pray from outside”

  1. boregowda says:

    Will the the government ban entries to all places of worship irrespective of their religions affiliations????

  2. boregowda says:

    Correction: Will the the government ban entries to all places of worship irrespective of their religious affiliations????

  3. A V Prasanna says:

    What a joke? while DKS led party members can have padayatra in hundreds for 4 days, devotees cannot enter temple. One wonders why we are imposed with draconic rules, while no rules are imposed for other religion. Time a protest is led by hindus for stoppage of these irrelavant decision. The state Govt. is afraid to control Congress party. After all they are brothers in arms, they occupy either ruling benches or oppostion benches. We commoners suffer, as we have no unity.

  4. athreya says:

    Yes. I’ts all electoral politics. Always Common man is the victim as important temple visits are banned in the name of this weekend curfew tamasha.
    Irrelevant decision,I agree

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