Veraval, 23 July 2020
To pay a visit to Somnath Mahadev in Shravanamas, online booking is required. In this way, only 9 to 10 thousand people can be seen in a day from 25 July 2020. You have to take a license to visit. No one can see without it.
By opening the link for the darshan booking placed on www.somnath.org, devotees can make a booking for darshan by selecting the date and time according to the darshan slot set by the trust. In which the pilgrim can come quickly and show his pass and save time and avail the sight.
In the present corona situation the sight is arranged while maintaining social distance. Admit card will be displayed for Darshan or by showing a pass in mobile It is mandatory for every pilgrim to book for darshan. Passes for Darshan will also be issued to local devotees who have forgotten to book online for Darshan or have not done so, as per the status in the time slot every 30 minutes.
For the Darshan Pass, 4 counters for the Darshan Pass have been set up by the Trust in place of the old Pathikashram, in front of the Sri Somnath Temple. Where to get close To get a pass you have to stand in line while maintaining social distance.
Devotees can worship at Shravanamas by registering online from the trust’s website. After getting a pass, he has been ordered not to stand anywhere. The Somnath Temple Veraval has been told not to get stuck in any unnecessary places and strictly follow the guidelines of Koro.
25 lakh devotees in 2018 and 18 lakh devotees went to meet old sick-disabled devotees and Shiva devotees in 2019 during the holy hearing month. There were 70 to 80 thousand visitors daily. Now only 10,000 viewers will be able to watch due to Corona.
In the month of Shraman 2019, 4.60 crore Shiva devotees around the world including India, visited Adi Jyotirlinga Somnath Mahadev for the first time through social networking sites. The income of the temple trust was Rs 5.90 crore.
Children below 10 years of age and older than 65 years of age will not be given admission for darshan. In addition, it is prohibited to ring a bell in the temple and touch any part of the railing or construction of the temple.
Two sanitizer cabins, tunnels are placed at the entrance. Each one of them must pass. A team from the Health Department will be posted near the temple. The Trust has planned to allow 300 devotees to visit the temple every hour. The temple will have a row of 40 devotees in Patan and 40 in the socially spaced temple.
Darshan was first closed to pilgrims from the evening of March 19, 2020 to March 31, 2020, due to an outbreak of the Corona virus. Prayer will be performed at the appointed time, but visitors will not be given entry. 30 people were worshiped daily through video calling.
The Somnath temple is opened with concessions due to the Shravan month. The devotees did not follow any rules and a large number of people gathered in the temple. Police had to charge the baton on July 21, 2020 to control the crowd of devotees. Several scenes of skirmishes and crowds were created. Meanwhile, a devotee leaped at a security guard and forced the police to charge him with a stick. Darshan time is from 5.30 am to 7.30 am, 12.30 to 7.30 pm and pm.30 to 7.55 pm. If it does not follow social distance, the temple will be closed to visitors.
Corona cases are increasing in Gir Somnath district. Just yesterday, 18 cases were declared positive and the positive number in the district crossed 200. At that time, there was a danger of increasing number of coro infections in the Somnath temple.