Places of worship reopens in Meghalaya

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Perched on a hill-top and overlooking the Myntang River in Meghalaya, the Durga Bari at Nartiang in the Jaintia Hills district was built by Jaintia kings.

Nartiang is also a famous tourist destination for its monoliths, the tallest in the entire Khasi-Jaintia Hills region. This place is also famous for its 500-year-old Durga Temple. This temple considered as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of Sati and is a must visit tourist spot in Meghalaya. Durga Puja is the most important festival of this temple.

Now those who are planning to visit 500-year-old Nartiang Durga Temple, here is a chance. With the Government deciding to reopen places of worship, Nartiang Durga Temple too will be open, informs JL das General Secretary Central Puja Committee Meghalaya.

“Yes all the religious places will reopen including Nartiang Durga Temple but one should follow SOPs for visiting there,” Das said.

After remaining shut for nearly six months now, the churches, mosques, temples and Gurudwaras from across Meghalaya re-opens on Thursday following standard operating protocol.

 The online prayer services became only solace for elderly, ailing, pregnant woman, children and immune-compromised, whose movement remains curtailed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It was in March this year when religious places in the city and the state was close due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Several times the Government planned to reopen religious places but due to the spike in cases it couldn’t. Now, finally, the places of worships are open following all the protocols and SOPs of the Government strictly.

Religious leaders from different faiths have assured that they would follow these protocols in their respective places of worship.

The Central Puja Committee, meanwhile, has requested all the Mandir Committees and Hindu Religious places of Worships in Meghalaya to re-open their respective premises after proper cleaning and sanitizing the places of worship.

“All the Mandir Committees and Hindu Religious places of Worships of Meghalaya  are to strictly  follow the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) issued by the Govt. of Meghalaya,” JL das General Secretary CPC said.

“All District CPC & Office-Bearers of CPC, Meghalaya are  hereby asked to cordinate with the  management of all Mandirs & Hindu Religious Places of Worship  and guide them in running , performing daily Puja  and allowing Devotees to offer prayer  as per above  mentioned SOP,” he added.