The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust Shirdi in Maharashtra on Tuesday informed that Shirdi SaiBaba Temple Closed for devotees from 3 PM today till further orders amid coronavirus outbreak. Earlier in the day, to curb the spread of the rapidly-spreading virus, the Taj Mahal, which is one of the top tourist sites in the country, has been closed. Meanwhile, Devotees gathered in huge numbers at Shirdi SaiBaba Temple to participate in the last ‘aarti’ as the temple will close from 3 pm today.
Arun Dongre, the trust’s chief executive officer, had requested devotees on Sunday to defer their visit to Shirdi for a few days to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus. “As per the directives of the government, I request the devotees to postpone their visit to Shirdi for a few days,” Dongre had said, according to ANI.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked district collectors on Monday to ensure there is no crowding at religious sites given the coronavirus outbreak. Adesh Bandekar, chairman of Siddhivinayak Temple Trust at Prabhadevi, said while prayers will continue inside temple premises, the temple was shut for devotees from Monday evening onwards until further notice.
Meanwhile, A 64-year-old novel coronavirus patient on Tuesday died in a hospital in Mumbai, taking the death toll to three in India. The number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 125 on Tuesday after fresh cases were reported from several states.
The cases include 22 foreign nationals and two persons who died in Delhi and Karnataka. Delhi has so far reported seven positive cases while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 13 cases including one foreigner.
Karnataka has 8 coronavirus patients while Maharashtra 39 including 3 foreigners. Ladakh has reported four cases while Jammu and Kashmir three. Telangana has reported four cases. Rajasthan has also reported four cases including that of two foreigners. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Punjab have reported one case each. Odisha reported its first case on Monday.