Sabarimala Ayyappa temple to open from today. Details here

Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala will reopen today for the Atta Chithira puja. The temple was closed on October 21 after the completion of monthly prayers.

The temple will reopen for the two-months long Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season starting from 15 November. 

The devotees will be allowed only on the basis of the virtual booking system. They either have to produce their double dose vaccination certificate or an RT-PCR negative certificate before entering the temple.

‘Thula Masam’ is a monthly prayer in the ‘Tulam’ month as per the Malayalam calendar.

In another related development, Kerala reported 5,297 fresh COVID-19 cases and 368 related deaths which raised the caseload to 49,73,954 and the fatalities to 32,049, the state government said on Monday. 

With 7,325 more people recovering from the virus since Sunday, the total recoveries touched 48,64,506 and the active cases reached 76,786, an official press release said. Of the 368 deaths, 78 were reported over the last few days, 232 were those which were not confirmed until June 18 last year due to lack of adequate documentation and 58 were designated as COVID deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and Supreme Court directions, the release said. 

As many as 51,577 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Among the 14 districts, Ernakulam recorded the highest with 867 cases followed by Thiruvananthapuram (750) and Kohikode (637). Of the new cases, 21 were health workers, 16 from outside the state and 4,967 infected through contact with the source of it not being clear in 293. 

There are currently 2,67,802 people under surveillance in various districts, of whom 2,62,274 are in home or institutional quarantine and 5,528 in hospitals.

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