Old Gujarat temples go digital due to the pandemic

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The Dwarka Temple in Dwarka, Gujarat started allowing live darshans back in April 2020. The temple allowed devotees to have the essence of the live darshan of Lord Krishna online. During the lockdown, people from all over the world insisted on temples to facilitate online darshans at this time of crisis. This was an unmatched measure as members of temple trust decided to organize online darshans for all the devotees. 

Neena Meeta, a committee member of Shree Dwarkadheesh Temple Trust said, “The Dwarkadheesh darshan went digital in COVID, something that has never happened in the temple’s history. There was a flood of requests from devotees from all over India and even abroad.” The trustees even said that while online darshan has been suspended because the temples are now open for all, and are planning to go digital at the time of Navratri again when the temple sees a high footfall of devotees.

Ma Ambaji Temple also went digital during the pandemic. Over 27 lakh devotees from across the world offered prayers to Ma Amba online, said SJ Chavda of Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust (SAAMDT). An average of 50,000 devotees perform online darshan daily and 1500 people offer prayers at the temple premises, said Ravindra Upadhyay, assistant manager of the Dakor Ranchhodrai Temple. Somnath Temple, which witnessed 15 crore participants joining in for online darshan during the Hindu holy month of Shravan. Currently, all temples are open for all and people all over India can offer prayers.  

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