In Madhya Pradesh, devotees from outside the state will not be allowed to enter the Mahakal temple campus in Ujjain from today in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Mahakal temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva which attracts lakhs of devotees every year.
AIR correspondent reports, Mahakal Temple administrator Sujan Singh Rawat informed that this decision has been taken by the management committee of the temple due to fear of widespread infection if devotees from outside the state are allowed. So far 954 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ujjain.
Lakhs of devotees from various parts of the country visit the temple during the holy month of Sawan for worshipping Lord Mahakal.
Nowadays, 8,000 devotees are being given entry inside the temple every day through the online booking system.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 case count in the state climbed to 22 thousand 600 with the addition of 837 new cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state has also risen to 721.
A total of 447 persons were discharged from hospitals yesterday taking the number of the recovered cases to 15 thousand 311.