The Akshardham Temple in Delhi is finally reopening on October 13 after remaining closed since March due to the ongoing pandemic. Read here for all the mandatory safety protocols before you plan a visit. By Kumar Shree

The Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in East Delhi is all set to reopen for the public from October 13, for the first time since March 2020, after it was shut by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, along with all its other temples located across the globe.

 

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However, in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the reopening of the famous temple will be conducted with a strict set of safety protocols and guidelines, that will be followed by both the authorities as well as incoming devotees.

For example, entry into the temple premises will be allowed for only two hours i.e. from 05:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and only a limited number of visitors will be permitted at a time, who will be allowed to explore the temple till 8:00 pm. Thermal screening before entry and wearing of masks or face shields will be mandatory for everyone.

 

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Moreover, while the exhibition hall of the temple will remain closed even after the reopening, other areas such as food courts, bookshops, gardens and gift centres will be operational.

Although the musical fountain programme, which is highly popular among temple visitors will also reopen, only a limited number of visitors will be allowed to sit in the area, so that proper social distancing can be maintained.

The outbreak of novel Coronavirus earlier this year had forced BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha to not just shut all its temples, but to also postpone and cancel all its weekly and daily gatherings, events, and scheduled festival celebrations across both of its Shikharbaddha Mandirs as well as Hari Mandirs, and all the Satsang centres in India.

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