All religious places and places of worship will remain closed for public till October 31, 2020 as per the Unlock 5 guidelines of the Odisha Government.
"Some of the temples will be requiring Rs 4 lakh for renovation and some might need Rs 50,000. What purpose would be fulfilled by allotting a fixed amount to such temples,” the bench queried.
Addressing the media at the District Police Office here on Tuesday, the SP said that the Anjaneya Swamy and Vinayaka temples are located in the same complex at Ponnathota in Jammalamadugu.
The processional deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy mounted atop the bejewelled golden Garuda Vahanam was taken out in a procession within the temple complex.
Incidentally, some of the temples to be reconstructed are in the Assembly segment of Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao.
“They will act as a bridge between police and villagers on various initiatives introduced by the department.
State BJP chief Somu Veeraraju also alleged that the government used the endowment department's funds and assets for other religious activities.
Endowments Department Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri told TNIE that they plan to digitise all records and conduct the survey.
Himachal Pradesh temples reopen from September 1; no need to register for entry to state from September 15
The decision was taken by the state cabinet and the religious places will be reopened as per standard operating procedure (SOP) being prepared by the Language, Art And Culture Department.
In Chennai, Sri Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore and Sri Thyagaraja Swamy temple in Tiruvotriyur have refurbished their websites with features for advance booking of darshan timings
Big temples were closed for public worship on March 19 in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and later, other places of worship were also closed
According to the SOP, religious places should be disinfected three times a day, hand wash facilities along with soap dispensers should be available for mandatory hand wash at the entrances.
The state said that opening the temples from August 15 to 23 this year, as requested by the Jain community, would lead to an "imminent danger" of the spread of the virus.
The TDB has also decided to mark the auspicious day with a special ‘Ganapathy Homam’ ritual that devotees can attend in all 1250 temples under it except Sabarimala
Cuttack-based Jayanta Kumar Bal and Trilochan Rath of Puri filed the two petitions separately.