The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has ordered the closure of all 137 temples and monuments it controls in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with effect from Friday to May 15 amid growing COVID cases.
While there are eight monuments in Telangana, there are 129 monuments / museums / forts or temples in AP that are controlled by him
Monuments director NK Pathak, who works in the ASI New Delhi office, said a reopening decision will be made on or before May 15, depending on the situation, and that new orders will be issued.
With the new regulation coming into force, the Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple and the Chintala Venkataramana Temple in Tadipatri in the Anantapur district were closed to devotees on Friday.
As an aside, the number of devotees crowding other temples under the control of the Foundation Department is still large. Recently, many people were seen at Srisailam Temple and Kadiri Rathotsavams, most of whom were reported to be behaving appropriately for COVID.