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Sri Venkateswara Temple has resumed after 80 days.

Shubham Jaiswal (shubhjaiswal729@gmail.com)

After 80 days, India’s famous Sri Venkateswara temple atop the Tirumala hills here reopened on Monday with new health norms in place to check the spread of coronavirus. The famous shrine was reopened for ‘darshan‘ at 6 am, though with the entry was restricted to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) employees and their family members.

The TTD staff, and their kin will only be allowed to pay obeisance for the first two days while local devotees in Tirumala will be permitted to have ‘darshan‘ on the third day. The temple will be thrown open for ‘darshan‘ for all devotees on June 11, subject to a maximum of 6,000 daily.

TTD, which manages the affairs of the world’s richest temple, said about 1,200 people had ‘darshan‘ in the first two-and-half hours after it reopened.

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