Coronavirus and religious worship in Singapore: Attendance at Hindu, Sikh temples drop

A priest gives out holy ash to devotees instead of placing it on their forehead. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
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SINGAPORE - Madam Jayamani Viswalingam, 64, has been going to the Sri Siva Durga Temple in Potong Pasir for over 30 years, so a global pandemic is not going to stop her weekly Tuesday prayers.

The usual routine for all Hindu devotees at temples involves leaving their footwear outside the grounds and washing both hands and feet. But for some, like Madam Viswalingam, there are a few more steps, like taking her temperature at home before going to the temple to prepare a tray of lime lamps - limes that have been scooped out and filled with a wick and ghee - to offer to the goddess Durga.

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