Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a large number of devotees crowded the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday on the occasion of Onam.
The devotees prayed while observing the precautions against the coronavirus.
“This time we celebrate Onam with a lot of restrictions and restrictions. We can’t hang out that much. It’s a simple celebration,” said a devotee who visited the temple.
Onam is an annual harvest festival celebrated by Malayales. It falls in the Chingam month, the first month according to the Malayalam calendar. The festival commemorates Lord Vishnu’s Vamana avatar. The celebrations spread over 10 days mark the Malayalam New Year and end with Thiruvonam.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind greeted the people on the occasion of Onam.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic situation remains severe in Kerala as the state reported 20,224 new COVID-19 cases and 99 deaths on Friday, bringing the total caseload to 37,86,797 and the death toll to 19,345.