Wedding rush back in Guruvayur temple after COVID-19 relaxations; 108 marriages on Sunday
Guruvayur: Wedding rush was back in Guruvayur temple with 108 out of the 129 weddings booked taking place on Sunday.
Sunday also marked the most number of weddings held on a day since the COVID-19 pandemic.
As many as 100 weddings were booked for Sunday two months ago. As only 100 weddings are permitted on a day, bookings for Sunday was closed. However, as the day was auspicious for weddings and more booking enquiries were made, the Devaswom removed the restrictions last week.
As only 12 people were allowed to attend each wedding, there was no rush in front of the wedding stages and on the main 'Nadapanthal'. The weddings were held strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocol.
However, this got out of control on the south side of Melpathur Auditorium where the documents of the bride and groom are examined before letting them inside for the wedding.
As only 12 people including the bride, groom and photographer were let in, the family members gathered near the south side of the auditorium. They crowded around to witness the wedding from a distance and take pictures and videos also. Following the wedding, photo shoots were held at the south 'Nadapanthal' and near the areas where elephants were standing.
In order to reduce rush created by wedding parties, the devaswom administrative committee had decided not to permit wedding photo shoots on the south side. Police and devaswom security personnel were informed about this.
On Sunday, there was a huge rush of devotees at the temple seeking darshan. Long queues were seen on the virtual route and in front of the 'Deepasthambham'.
Vehicle parking problem remains unsolved
Sunday also witnessed a huge rush of vehicles in Guruvayur after a long time. There was lack of parking space as construction works were progressing at Venugopal parking centre of the devaswom and Andhra park troubled the visitors. Drainage works on the inner ring road also prevented vehicle parking on the roadside.