Mumbai's Siddhivinayak Temple trust has suspended offline darshan for its devotees from February 25, said Aadesh Bandekar, Chairman of Siddhivinayak Temple trust. Now people will have to mandatorily book their darshan online and present a QR code to enter temple premises.
Also on March 2 on eve of Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi, which is considered to be an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm by the devotees. The temple authority has asked devotees to book their time slot for darshan and accordingly visit the temple. Only after scanning the QR code devotees will be able to enter the temple premises.
Considering the rising positive cases of COVID-19 in Mumbai and Maharashtra the temple trust on directives issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) dated February 18 for prevention of COVID-19 spread has taken this decision to prohibit large crowd gathering.
Devotees on the auspicious day of March 2 can book online darshan between 8 am till 9 pm. Bandekar explained, "Devotees can download the Siddhivinayak temple mobile application, fix the timing of their darshan and scan the provided QR code on the gate only after which the devotees can take darshan of Lord Ganesha."
The temple trust has appealed to citizens for their cooperation and asked to avail the benefits of online service for Siddhivinayak darshan.