Tribune News Service
Panchkula, April 12
Amid the raging pandemic, the district authorities have braced themselves for an influx of devotees at the Mansa Devi temple and the Kali Mata temple, Kalka, during the Navaratri festival, beginning tomorrow.
All devotees entering the shrine will have to undergo screening. Rapid antigen tests will be conducted for those found symptomatic. The facility would only be available at the Mansa Devi temple, said the Civil Surgeon, Dr Jasjeet Kaur.
180 devotees in 15 minutes
According to the finalised arrangements, only 180 devotees will be allowed during a 15-minute slot to pay obeisance through an e-token system at the temple.
The capping is 120 persons for 15 minutes at the Kali Mata temple, Kalka.
To get an e-token, devotees are required to fill certain details on the board website — www.mansadevi.org.in. The e-token will then be sent to their mobile phones. Devotees willing to have “preferential darshan” at the Mansa Devi temple can pay Rs50 per person and register themselves. A devotee can make the registration for a maximum of 10 members at a time.
No ‘bhandara’, cultural programme
‘Bhandara’, cultural programmes and other entertainment activities will be prohibited during the fest.
20 nakas set up
As many as 20 nakas have been set up in and around the Mansa Devi temple to ensure law and order and free flow of traffic. People have been advised to opt for online darshan and visit the temple in a limited number.
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