Restrictions due to the COVID pandemic have crippled the routine of daily life, including visiting temples and participating in rituals. Andhra Pradesh has taken a step that will bring a smile to many visitors and temple worshipers, the government has launched a “ Paroksha Seva ” program for worshipers to digitally participate in rituals that they have been far from due to the locking. The Andhra Pradesh government endowments department has launched a “Worship at Home” initiative to allow worshipers to virtually visit and participate in temple rituals. According to Principal Secretary (Endowments) G Vani Mohan, services began at 121 temples last month and will soon expand to 500 temples across the state, reported The new Indian Express.
Reserve your place online
Officials explained that worshipers can choose the temple in which online services are provided, pay for the services using their debit / credit card, and watch poo from their homes using the government’s temple management website. www.tms.ap.gov.in. A YouTube link would be provided with devotees through which they can participate in the live program. The website can also be used to reserve a place. The rituals take place every day from 7:30 am to 9:30 am. The initiative, called “ Paroksha Seva, ” was designed by Senior Endowment Secretary G Vani Mohan to create an opportunity for worshipers to participate in rituals when COVID-19 curbs are in place. The initiative had started last year at a few famous temples for a limited number of worshipers to attend live programs. The state had announced that the lockdown restrictions would continue until June 15.
It is very good to see the union and state governments providing digital solutions to bridge the gap between pre and post COVID life. The Logical Indian appreciates all efforts and results of digital solutions to reach the masses. Governments, as well as digital solutions, should also ensure fast internet connection to everyone in the state and the country as a whole.
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