After the lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus was called, several religious places went online to stay connected with the devotees.
Most of the devotees, who began their day with a visit to the temple, are now paying online ‘darshan’.
Several temples across the country are webcasting artis, darshans and other rituals.
“We’re under complete lockdown, but we’re trying to stay connected with devotees who keep on calling us for performing pujas inside the temples like before,” reported Hindustan Times quoting Mahant Divya Giri- the head priest of Mankameshwar temple in Uttar Pradesh
” We just tell them to wait for some more time. They can go online to our Facebook page where evening arti is webcast,” Giri added.
Devotees of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, have also turned to live streaming of kirtans and other rituals performed in the temple.
In Uttarakhand, after the portals of three of the Char Dham shrines opened amid the lockdown, priests said they would opt for digital worship/webcasting if required, especially in case the lockdown continues and pilgrims are unable to attend.
Several temple committees feel that digital darshan is the future and post-corona pandemic the number of devotees visiting temples will down considerably.