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Ambaji and Gabbar temples to remain closed for visitors for 12 days; online darshan to be available

Ambaji: Bhadarvi Punam Melo in pilgrim town Ambaji will not take place this year due to Coronavirus pandemic, said district collector Sandip Sangle who is also Chairman of Ambaji Devasthan Trust. He said, darshan of Ambaji Mandir and Gabbar will not be possible for public during 24 August to 4 September. Both mandirs will remain closed for this period of 12 days for visitors.

Sangle said, the unlock-3 guideline by the Centre has banned religious, social gatherings. Even the State government order dated 8 August has banned foot yatra, seva camps, processions and fairs including Bhadarvi Punam melo in Ambaji which every year attracts around 2.5 million pilgrims.

Sangle said, online darshan of Ambaji and Gabbar temples and Yagna in Mandir’s Yagnashala will be available on social media platforms. 1400 registered sanghs will be sent religious flags through Bhadarvi Punamiya Seva Sangh Trust. The sanghs can offer these flags to local mandirs.