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In Kerala Sabarimala Temples open for Devotees.

The temple, which opened for the monthly puja on Friday evening, will allow pilgrims to offer prayers till October 21.

The famed Lord Ayyappa temple here opened to devotees Saturday morning after remaining closed for over six months due to the corona virus pandemic with a few worshippers wearing masks and carrying COVID-19 negative certificate offering prayers.

The temple, which opened for the monthly puja on Friday evening, will allow pilgrims to offer prayers till October 21.

Rapid antigen tests are being conducted at Nilackal for those not carrying a negative test report for COVID-19.

This is the first time since March 25, when a nationwide lock down came into force that pilgrims are being allowed to offer prayers at the hill shrine, which opened at 5 am, sources in the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the temple, said.

As many as 246 people have booked through the virtual queue system for darshan on Saturday. Each day only 250 people will be allowed inside the temple.

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