Gujarat’s famous Somnath temple, located on the western coast in Saurashtra (where the impact of the storm is expected to be felt the most) has remained open, despite the cyclone warning.

The daily “aarti” (a Hindu worship ritual) carried on as usual Thursday morning.

Local news channels are showing footage of some devotees visiting the temple despite the strong winds.

The Somnath temple is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and is believed to be the first among twelve shrines, or jyotirlinga, to Lord Shiva.  

On Wednesday, the Chief Minster of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, said in a press conference that the temple will remain open. “We have urged the devotees and tourists not to visit but we can’t close the temple,” he said.


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