Hyderabad: Devotees will not be allowed to attend the Bonalu festivities at the historic Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Temple in Secunderabad from July 10 to 13 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Temple priests only would offer ‘bonam’ to the Goddess Sri Mahankali while devotees should offer their ‘bonam’ to the Sun God at their house.
“None will be allowed into the temple during the festivities,” officials said, adding that permission was also not given to take out Bonalu processions. Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, who reviewed the arrangements to be made for the festival, said he was also staying away from the celebrations.
Like every year, the temple committee would organise the festivities, but given the pandemic, they would be a low-key affair this time.
Apart from Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Temple, Bonalu celebrations would also be conducted similarly at more than a dozen temples of the Goddess at Takara Basthi, Ghasmandi, Old Bhoiguda, Rezimental Bazaar, Monda Market, MG Road, Pan Bazaar, Ranigunj and Bansilalpet among other areas.
After Secunderabad, the celebrations would be conducted at Sri Simhavahini Mahankali Temple in Lal Darwaza, Sri Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Temple and Sri Bangaru Maisamma Temple at Bela in Haribowli, and Sri Muthyalamma Temple in Shahalibanda on July 19 and 20.
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