Thirty-two staff, including two priests, of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamivari Devasthanam at Annavaram in East Godavari district have tested positive for COVID-19.
In an official release on Saturday, Executive Officer V. Trinadha Rao said the staff who tested positive were primary contacts of those who had contracted the virus on the temple campus. Two priests serving outside the main temple on the hill, security personnel are among those who tested positive.
Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayanaswamy Temple or Annavaram Temple is a Hindu-Vaishnavite temple situated at Annavaram town in East Godavari District, of Andhra Pradesh state, India. The temple is on a hillock named Ratnagiri and is dedicated to Veera Venkata Satyanarayana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
“The temple will be closed between August 9 and 14 as a part of the containment strategy. However, the daily rituals will be performed, but no devotee will be allowed for darshan,” said Mr. Rao. Devotees have been advised to plan their travel based on the darshan schedule to be announced on August 14.