Express press service
VIJAYAWADA: Inspired by ‘homework’, the Endowment Department has launched a new ‘Home Worship’ initiative for worshipers to enable them to participate virtually in pooja at state temples , after noticing a growing turnout been on trial during Covid-19. While services have already started at 121 reputable temples in the past month, they will soon be available in at least 500 temples, according to Principal Secretary (Endowments) G Vani Mohan.
Endowment officials explained that worshipers can visit the government’s temple management website – www.tms.ap.gov.in – and choose the temple where online services have started, pay for the selected seva / service. using a debit or credit card and watching the pooja live from the comfort of their own homes. Alternatively, the temple’s website can also be visited to reserve a place. A YouTube link will be shared with devotees after booking the seva with which they can participate in the live program.
It may be recalled that the Department of Endowments launched “Paroksha Seva” in a few famous temples like Srisailam last year for a limited number of worshipers. It has also taken up various rituals at other famous temples including Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple in Kanipakam and Durga Temple in Vijayawada starting this week. The rituals take place daily between 7:30 am and 9:30 am. The department also provides links (via Google Meet) for worshipers to view temple rituals, officials said.
The initiative, named “ Paroksha Seva, ” was designed by G Vani Mohan, Senior Secretary of Endowments, to give devotees the opportunity to participate in temple rituals and be part of other Arjitha Sevas when the Borders of Covid-19 are in place and for those around the world