COVID-19 Shuts Temple Doors in Maharashtra! Monuments No Longer Open to Tourists

Amidst the Recent Corona Virus outbreak and a week after WHO’s declaration of an ensuing pandemic, prominent Temples in Maharashtra like Siddhi Vinayak, Mumba Devi, and Sai Baba temple at Shirdi are to remain closed until further orders. Maharashtra is among the top hit States due to Corona Virus, and it has recorded a total number of 36 cases along with 3 Foreign National cases. 

The Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had given out orders on Monday 16th March for preventing overcrowding at religious places.

After the declaration of the Sai Temple closing at 1500 hours today, people had gathered in huge numbers for the last ‘Aarti’ before the Shirdi temple shut down as per ANI reports. 

COVID-19 Shuts Temple Doors in Maharashtra! Monuments No Longer Open to Tourists

After the rise in cases recently, the Shani Wardawa Mandir in Maharashtra had to close its doors to devotees too. 


The Archaeology survey of India on 16th March, Tuesday ordered shutting down of all the monuments and museums that are centrally protected. It will not permit filming, shooting, and other activities in the Areas till 31st March as precautionary measures. Prahlad Patel, Minister of Tourism and culture, had ordered ASI to do so.

“Keeping in view COVID-19, ministry of culture has decided to shut all ASI monuments, sites and museums till March 31…all the online permissions like filming, free entry, photography, cultural events issued for the above period shall also remain canceled…”

-(the order stated)

Recent research has also noted that the rise in temperature is not related to curbing the spread of the coronavirus. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India has a total of 120 active cases of COVID-19. The number of Discharged/Cured cases are 14 in number. The deaths recorded till now are 3.



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