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Kolkata’s Kalighat temple opens from Wednesday

The Kalighat temple in Kolkata, West Bengal on Wednesday finally opened its door for devotees for the first time since the nationwide coronavirus lockdown in March.

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The Kalighat temple in Kolkata, West Bengal on Wednesday finally opened its door for devotees for the first time since the nationwide coronavirus lockdown in March.

As the temple has opened its doors, people have started queuing up in large numbers outside the temple. The entry is restricted to only 10 at a time and the doors of entry and exit have been changed.

No one will be allowed to enter inside or touch the deity anymore. The new rules have made it cmpulsary to wear masks and no prasad will be offered inside the premises.

Manisha Shaw, a devotee said, “After a long wait the Kalighat temple gates have finally opened. The temple authorities have taken proper care of sanitisation and social distancing measures.”

Rupali Mathur shared, “Strict standards of sanitisation have been maintained in the temple premises. Devotees are under surveillance to maintain social distance measures. It is a very good feeling.”

The local shopkeepers are complety dependent on the devotees and tourists in the temple.

A shopkeeper, Ashok Kumar, said, “Although the temple has been reopened after such a long time, business outside Kalighat temple is at a standstill. According to safety measures taken by the temple authorities, no pandits, prasad, incense sticks or flowers are allowed inside the temple premises. The devotees have to offer puja with bare hands maintaing social distance. This is heavily affecting our business.”

“Temple measures are causing a hefty loss to us. If no offerings are allowed the the devotees will not buy anything. It is becoming increasingly difficult to survive under these circumstances,” he said.

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