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All temples in Himachal Pradesh will reopen for public from 15th September without any prior entry registration

Thousands of devotees are expected to visit these temples in the coming months to celebrate 'Navratras'.

Naina Devi Temple
Naina Devi Temple, Himachal Pradesh (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A recent announcement was released by the officials of Parliamentary Affairs on Friday last week. According to the announcement, all Temples in Himachal Pradesh will reopen starting from September 10th, and from 15th September, tourists will not have to register online for permission to enter Himachal Pradesh.

As of now, tourists who wish to enter Himachal Pradesh will have to obtain an ‘E-Pass’ through the official online portal. From September 15 onward, there will be no such need to do so.

Also, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being prepared by the Language, Art, and Culture Development authority of Himachal Pradesh. Another major question that tourists have on their minds is about the requirement for COVID negative reports. As of now, there is no clear announcement that has been made if the COVID report will be required or not.

Another, requirement that tourists currently have is that they have to book a hotel room for at least 2 days in order to travel to Himachal Pradesh. There is no clear announcement for this as well.

All Temples were closed since March of this year to contain the spread of the COVID-19. The upcoming months of the year are full of festivals and people from neighboring states visit the temples of Himachal Pradesh. A large number of devotees visit these temples and are expected to visit for this year as well.

There are more than 50 temples significant to the Hindu tradition that are in Himachal Pradesh. Considering this, the government has made a decision to open the temples for the public.

The most important temples that are known as ‘Shakti Peethas’ are Chintapurni Temple, Naina Devi Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Vrajeswari Devi Temple, and Jwalamukhi Temple. All these are goddess temples and attract thousands of devotees from all around India.

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