Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


×
As places of worship opened people rushed to temples to offer their prayers. Pixabay

Religious places across the country flung open their doors to the devotees almost three months after they were shut due to the COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown. From temples and Gurudwaras to mosques and churches, a steady stream of devotees thronged all the religious sites.

While people stood inside marked circles in queues at one side and maintained social distancing, priests dawned protective masks and sat at the opposite end. Idols were also sanitised properly. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhnath temple, of which he is the head priest, after it reopened its doors to devotees for the first time in over two months.


In Delhi, Ravinder Goel, trustee of the Jhandewalan temple said, “Thermal screening is being done twice, once near the shoe rack and again at the entrance. There is also a sanitisation tunnel at the entrance. Standing places in the lines were also earmarked clearly so as to avoid crowding.” The temple trustee added that religious offerings like fruits are not being given to the devotees, but instead they are being handed a pouch with ‘mishri’ after they head out of the temple. Temple bells have also been covered with clothes.


People arrived at Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Delhi to offer prayers where community kitchens or langar was also served. Wikimedia Commons

At the Prachin Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place, a man dressed as ‘Hanuman’ danced to the tune of drums. BJP leader Manish Tiwari also visited the temple. People also flocked to the Kalka Ji temple and the Gauri Shankar Temple in Chandni Chowk to offer their prayers. In Kalka Ji, the temple authorities turned back a batch of old people or parents who had brought their small children along. A devotee said, “I have been waiting for so long for the temples to open. I will pray to God to keep my family safe from the deadly virus.”

Follow NewsGram on LinkedIn for more updates

At the religious places, authorities were seen directing people not to touch the idols. Not more than 5-10 devotees were allowed inside the shrine at a time. Each devotee was asked to pass through the sanitisation tunnel installed at the entry gate. The devotees without face masks were not allowed, and entry of those below 10 years and above 65 years was barred. Besides taking the precautionary measures, a Noida-based Sanatan Dharma Temple also provided masks to those who did not have it.

Also Read: Virtual Yoga Day Celebration This Year Amid Pandemic

Delhi’s Jama Masjid and Fatehpuri Masjid also reopened for devotees. They were sanitized in the morning before reopening. People also arrived at Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Delhi to offer prayers where community kitchens or langar was also served. One of the priests said, “All the precautionary measures are being taken. Sarovar is, however, closed. We are ensuring that people do not face any issue.” (IANS)


Popular

Wikimedia Commons

The most popular version of the rhyme/lullaby

As children, singing the rhyme Rock A Bye Baby was a fun thing to do. It was a statement of thrill and adventure to imagine a child climbing to the top of a tree and rocking to sleep. Especially in the Indian context, rocking a baby to sleep by attaching the cradle to the tree is quite a common thing. But the origin of this rhyme, or lullaby, seems rooted in other histories.

The most popular notion associated with this lullaby is of women leaving their babies tied to tree branches, rocking to sleep with the wind. It is believed that at the time this lullaby was written, it was inspired by a coloniser who saw the Native American women tie their children in birch bark cradles to the trees. The babies went to sleep rocked by the gusts of wind while the parents went about their tasks.

Keep Reading Show less
VOA

This image released by Disney Theatrical Productions shows, from second left, Michael James Scott as Genie, Michael Maliakel as Aladdin, and Shoba Narayan as Jasmine after a performance of the Broadway musical "Aladdin" in New York on Sept. 28, 2021

As kids growing up in different states, Shoba Narayan and Michael Maliakel shared a love of one favorite film — "Aladdin." Both are of Indian descent, and in the animated movie, they saw people who looked like them.

That shared love has gone full-circle this month as Narayan and Maliakel lead the Broadway company of the musical "Aladdin" out of the pandemic, playing Princess Jasmine and the hero from the title, respectively.

Keep Reading Show less
VOA

Bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskeys are displayed at Rossi's Deli in San Francisco

Jack Daniel's is the world's most popular whiskey brand, but until recently, few people knew the liquor was created by Nathan "Nearest" Green, an enslaved Black man who mentored Daniel.

"We've always known," says Debbie Staples, a great-great-granddaughter of Green's who heard the story from her grandmother. … "He made the whiskey, and he taught Jack Daniel. And people didn't believe it … it's hurtful. I don't know if it was because he was a Black man."

Keep reading... Show less