2 Ponda temples to reopen this week

Ponda: Two major temples in Ponda taluka will open their doors for devotees from this week onwards after strictly following the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

In a joint meeting of the temple committees held at Mardol on Sunday, panels of two prominent temples in the taluka decided to reopen the temples. However, many other committees of well-known temples decided to keep the temples closed for public until further notice, owing to a spike in the COVID-19 cases in the state.

The Shree Shantadurga Temple at Kavlem will reopen from Monday, while Shree Mahalaxmi Temple at Bandora will be thrown open for public from Tuesday onwards.

The committees of these two temples have said the SOPs will be strictly followed. Some of the guidelines laid down by the temple committees include wearing of face mask by the devotees and thermal checking at the temple gate. Five devotees will be allowed in the temple at a time and each devotee will be permitted to stay in the premises for two minutes. No circumambulating the deity will be allowed. Moreover, the devotees will not be allowed to sit in the temple premises, as per the committee guidelines. A committee member of the Mahalaxmi temple said the guidelines issued by the government on reopening of temples will be strictly adhered to.

Other major temples in Ponda including Shree Ramnath Temple at Ramnathi, Shree Naguesh Temple at Nagueshi, Shree Manguesh Temple at Mangueshi, Shree Mahalsa Temple at Mardol, Shree Kamakshi Temple at Shiroda, Shree Devki Krishna Temple at Marcel and Shree Damodar Temple at Zambaulim in Sanguem taluka will remain closed until further notice.

According to committee members of the Manguesh temple, the panels have decided to keep the temples closed till July 19. Review meets will be held and a further decision will be taken accordingly, the committee members said.