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Mysuru: Diwali and Karthika Rathotsava at Sri Malai Mahadeshwara Swamy Temple atop MM Hills in Chamarajanagar district are popular across south India. Every year, lakhs of devotees attend the annual events in the Hindu month of Karthika. However keeping in view the Covid-19 crisis this year, Chamarajanagar district administration has decided against celebrating the rathotsava (car festival).
Jayavibhavana Swamy, secretary of the Temple Development Authority (MM Hills), said there will not be Diwali and Karthika Rathotsava that this year. This apart, Halarave Utsav, Teppotsava and other rituals will be a simple affair with only temple staff and priests being around. He also said that no devotee will be allowed to visit the temple between November 13 and 16.
According to an order issued by the district administration, only priests and temple staff will be allowed to participate in Diwali-related rituals at the temple, including amavasya puja. However, people’s representatives have been exempted from this.
According to the authorities, a large number of devotees from across south India trek long distances and gather at the holy shrine to witness various rituals during Diwali. However due to the pandemic, the district administration has decided against allowing crowds in the shrine.
The temple management has already stopped devotees from reserving rooms at the temple guests houses between November 13 and 16.

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