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TN govt issues SOP for places of worship, says no to sprinkling of holy water


Chennai, Jun 30: The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday issued a Standard Operating Procedure for places of worship in rural areas, outlining norms to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

It includes prohibition for "physical offerings like prasad, distribution or sprinkling of holy water to be allowed inside the religious place." Offerings such as coconut, fruits and flowers shall not be allowed.

During poojas and abishekam, the public must not be allowed to sit inside and witness the event, the SOP said. In view of the potential health issues, "devotees may be discouraged to do prostration /angapradhatchanam till normalcy returns."

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