Civil defence volunteer Sidhique A, who is a pump operator with the Kerala Water Authority (KWA), was very excited to be part of the team.
The main ritual began when the head priest of the temple lit up the ‘pandara aduppu’
Temple trust president Anil Kumar said there will be announcements within the five kilometre radius of the temple to sensitise the public on Covid-19 protocols.
With Attukal Pongala being restricted to temple and homes because of pandemic, market witnesses very few people shop materials for rituals. Stall owners lose hope of revival
However, with the festival scale down due to the pandemic, many of the traditional potters have either cut down the production or have decided not to make any.
Before entering the various halls, auditoriums and annadana venues, the pilgrims will be subjected to thermal scanning.
Devotees who arrive at the temple to offer darshan are asked to observe the Covid-19 protocol and avoid wearing gold ornaments.
6 sectoral magistrates deployed on special duty on temple premises to ensure Covid protocol
As of now, there is no decision to ask devotees to get tested.
Attukal pongala, one of the largest spiritual gatherings hosted by the state capital, and assembly elections may add to the challenges ahead of the health department.
According to district health authorities, the spike in cases can be attributed to the lack of active police intervention.
With the Covid-19 threat continuing to loom large, the state government has decided to hold the Attukal Pongala festival in a low-key manner this year strictly adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
The Delhi BJP celebrating Makar Sankranti while skipping Pongal festival on the same day has left a section of party workers bewildered.
With beaches & major parks closed, residents restrict travel plans; officials keep close watch on malls and theatres
Tokens were given to card holders at doorsteps and gifts distributed in their respective ration shops.