|Sri Ishapriya Teertha Swamiji ringing bell at Udupi Sri Krisha Mutt
Mangaluru: As the clock struck 5 in the evening, the Church bells started ringing, Naqareh, conch, and bells came alive in all the temples and thousands of people came out to their balconies and stood near the windows to clap, ring the bells and manjira and event plates.
It was their way of thanking the medical fraternity who are toiling round the clock fighting the COVID-19.
The entire coastal belt actively participated in the ‘Janata Curfew,’ call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
Vehicles remained off the roads and shops were shut as part of the ‘Janata Curfew.’ Even the bustling roads near Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt, Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatha Temple were seen empty.
Everybody preferred to remain in the house except those who had emergency works.
Police security was beefed up and police kept a watch on every movement and ensured that there was no unnecessary movement of the people.
At 5 pm, as the Prime Minister had asked, people were thanking the health fraternity.
People in the apartment came out to their balconies and windows to clap and ring bells. In many places, people even burst crackers.
In temples, the authorities and priests were seen ringing bells and blowing the conch.
Swamijis of various Mutts too joined hands in appreciating the medical fraternity.
As per the directions of Mangaluru Bishop, all the Churches rang the bell at 5 pm.
Videos and selfies of people applauding were being circulated on social media.
However, in some places the entire concept of ‘Janata Curfew,’ was spoilt when people came, hugged and greeted each other!
“The concept of the ‘Curfew,’ was to maintain distance. But sadly in the name of appreciating the health workers, people started to celebrate by gathering in large numbers,” a Doctor said.