Guruvayur temple turns wedding venue again after two-and-a-half months
Guruvayur: After the centre and state governments relaxed the lockdown restrictions, Guruvyaur Sri Krishna temple resumed hosting weddings from Friday. Adhering COVID-19 protocol, the weddings were held in the presence of police and health workers.
Weddings in the temple were banned for two-and-a-half months due to the lockdown over COVID-19 outbreak. On Friday, nine weddings were held at the temple as the wedding venues called ‘Kalyana Mandapam’ were opened.
The first wedding was held at 6.30 am on Friday. A woman from Peringavu in Thrissur entered wedlock with a Kollam man in the auspicious ceremony. Before the wedding, the bride, groom and their 10 relatives reached the Melpathur auditorium and underwent thermal scanning. Later, they washed their hands with sanitizer and moved to the wedding venue.
The priest also reached the Mandapam with a sanitizer and sprayed it on the hands of the bride and groom.
After sanitizing their hands, the bride and groom were allowed to put Chandanam on each other. Thalikettu ceremony was held afterwards.
The weddings were held from 6.30 am to 10.30 pm. All the nine wedding parties reached the temple during different times. Hence, weddings were not held continuously. The temple authorities were forced to wait for a long time after making arrangements for the wedding.
Out of the three Kalyana Mandapams at the temple, only one was used for the weddings. After each wedding, the Kalyana Mandapam and premises were disinfected as per COVID-19 protocol.
Photography was strictly prohibited at the temple. Only the Devaswom board’s photographer was allowed to take photos and videos of the wedding ceremonies.
Though photographers accompany the wedding parties, they were allowed to take photos from only outside the temple.
Kalyana Mandapams in the temple were closed for 77 days amid the lockdown. The temple resumed hosting weddings after the state government granted permission with a limited number of people.
Devaswom chairman KB Mohandas, administrator SV Sisir and administration committee member AV Prasanth monitored the wedding.
No wedding was carried out at the temple on Sunday due to the complete lockdown.
A counter is operating near the Kalyana Mandapam from 10 am to 7 pm to book weddings. Rs 500 is charged for the wedding at the temple. An additional amount of Rs 2,000 should be paid for taking photos and video.
Devaswom employees will examine the ID proof of each person who will arrive for the wedding. Apart from ID proof, each visitor including bride and groom should submit an affidavit testifying that they are COVID-19 negative.