Kerala's Sivagiri to host virtual pilgramge due to Covid-19


 The yearly Sivagiri journey at Sivagiri mutt here in Kerala, noticed every year in memory of social reformer and sage, Sree Narayana Guru, will be virtual this time taking into account the Covid-19 pandemic. 


With under 1000 explorers every day, online discourses and classes by dignitaries and no standard mass gatherings and projects, the 88th version of the journey would be commended completely in adherence with the Covid conventions and rules. 


Mutt the board sources here said arrangements previously started for the three-day journey. 


"This time, the journey will be in consistence with the exacting Covid conventions. It will be hung on December 30, 31 and January 1 as virtual journey," they said. 


To keep away from hefty surge, just not exactly 1,000 travelers would be permitted to enter Sivagiri every day, Mutt authorities said in a gathering, led by extra locale judge V R Vinod at the Collectorate, on Friday. 


The gathering, gone to by Sree Narayana Dharma Sangam Trust general secretary Swamy Sandrananda and region police boss, B Ashokan among others, was held to take a load of the arrangements of the yearly occasion. 


The Sivagiri Mutt is the central command of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an association set up by the Guru to spread his precept 'One Caste, One Religion, One God for Man'. 


Situated more than 50 kms from the Kerala capital, the Mutt used to draw in large number of explorers and VVIP visitors yearly during the hour of the journey. 


"This time, there will be no mass gatherings and projects like previously. Addresses and classes by dignitaries will be broadcast online on Sivagiri TV from December 25," the Mutt authorities said. 


As a component of endeavors to try not to pack during the journey, no exchange slows down would be permitted in and around Sivagiri. There would be no food dispersion or convenience office for explorers obviously, the extra region officer said. 


Explorers ought to try not to come as huge gatherings and the Mutt specialists should give them exacting guidance in such manner, he said. There won't be ordinary extraordinary transport or train benefits this time as a feature of diminishing blockage, he said adding that offices should be guaranteed for all pioneers to meet Covid conventions. 


For this, sanitiser and warm scanners should be made accessible and uncommon game plans should be made for travelers to wash hands at the Mutt and different pieces of Sivagiri. The wellbeing office has been coordinated to give vital drugs and different offices for travelers at Varkala Taluk clinic, authorities added.

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