Why not open temples now?In India, the temple economy is a massive one that offers self-employment to thousands of people. The tourist industry in India actually thrives only because of the numerous temples. People who flock to temples in many States, prefer to stay in the good lodges in one major city and take a cab to see all the temples within a fifty-kilometer radius. There are hundreds of vegetarian hotels near the temples that also depend only on this temple traffic.
With COVID-19, everything is gone. If the temples are allowed to open with some restrictions, like the priest keeping the prasad only in one corner and the devotees being allowed to take it through social distancing, there should be no problem. With prolonged lockdown, one is afraid, people may simply starve and die. In these circumstances, only needs divine Grace to bravely face all the challenges.
What is wrong with opening up temples now, when we jolly well know that living with the virus is the new normal?