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Ahmedabad’s Somnath temple extends timings in the holy month of Shravan.

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Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. In India’s national civil calendar, Shravan is the fourth month of the Hindu year, beginning at the end of the month of July from the first day of the full moon and ending in the third week of August, the day of the next full moon.

Shravan is considered to be the holiest month for the Hindus. In this month, Lord Shiva is worshipped and therefore, Ahmedabad’s Somnath temple has decided to extend their timings for devotees.

The famous Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Junagadh is believed to be the first of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. As per Vijaysinh Chavda, who is the general manager of the Somnath Temple Trust, “We are expecting huge crowds during weekends in Shravan month at the temple. People are also likely to throng on Mondays as Shravan Somvar (Mondays of Shravan month) are of prime importance to devotees. Considering more crowds on these three days, the temple trust has decided to extend the timings for one month of Shravan from July 23 until August 22.”

However, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic lockdown, there are many norms and restrictions. The temple trust has kept this in mind and has made it mandatory to follow rules of the lockdown.

As per temple rules, the disciples are not allowed in the temple during aarti. Hence, disciples are not allowed between 6.30 to 7.30 am and 11.30 to 12.30 pm. On a regular day, the darshan timings start at 7.30 am and end at 7.30 pm. However, from Saturday through Monday during Shravan month, disciples would be allowed for darshan for some more time. The additional timings are 6 to 6.30 am and 7.30 to 9.15 pm. It is compulsory for all disciples to visit the temple to wear masks. The temple also has implemented measures like keeping sanitizer at the entrance and markings within the temple premises to practice social distancing.