All major temples managed by the Tamil Nadu Government have closed their doors for darshan till March 31 as part of the drive against the fast spreading Coronavirus.
However, all three pujas will be conducted, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department has announced. Tamil Nadu has followed the example set by the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam which has barred devotees both in Tirumala and Tiruchanur till the month-end. Earlier, the TTD board advised devotees to wear masks covering their faces.
Among the 12 major temples in Tamil Nadu which have banned devotees are Parthasarathi and Kapaleeswarar temples in Chennai, Madurai Meenakshi temple, Thanjavur big temple, Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy temple, Subramania Swamy temples in Tiruchendur and Palani, Arunachalam shrine in Tiruvannamalai and Samayapuram Amman temple.
The Archeological Survey of India has closed heritage sites like Mamallapuram and Chidambaram Natarajan temple, besides the Thanjavur big temple.