Vrindavan ISKCON Temple sealed as 22, including the priest, test positive for Coronavirus, Vrindavan


Vrindavan ISKCON Temple sealed as 22, including the priest, test positive for Coronavirus

Who must have imagined that the popular ISKCON Temple in Vrindavan would get sealed on the auspicious day of Janmashtami? But that’s exactly what has happened after 22 people, including the priest, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

According to an official, the temple has been sealed and people’s movement has been restricted. The temple, situated in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh was all set to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami.

Reportedly, after two people living inside the temple complex tested positive for the virus, the health officials tested all 165 people staying in the premises. On Tuesday, reports for 22 people, including the priest of the temple, showed positive for the virus. Following this, the whole complex and temple was sealed.

On July 4, the famous ISKCON leader, Bhakti Charu Swami died of COVID-19 in Florida, USA. His last rights were performed in West Bengal and now, it is being said that several of his followers from ISKCON Vrindavan had travelled to West Bengal to pay their respects to the
guru. All of them came back to Uttar Pradesh just some 10-15 days ago. The first two people, who tested positive for the virus, were among the group who had visited West Bengal.

This year, ISKCON Delhi will also not allow devotees in the temple on the occasion of Janmashtami. Vrajendra Nandan Das, Vice President of ISKCON, New Delhi was quoted by ANI, “This year the grandeur is less due to COVID-19. Entry will be purely based on limited invitation. We request all devotees to stay with us virtually on this auspicious day.”

He further informed that people would be allowed only on the basis of invites. And everyone who comes will have to go through a sanitizer tunnel before entering the temple premises. There will be people on the gates to check every visitor’s temperature using contactless thermal machines. No food will be served inside the temple.

Similarly, ISKCON Temple in Bengaluru too will not allow devotees entry. The temple will host a virtual Krishna Janmashtami celebration and darshan instead, which devotees can watch online.

Meanwhile, Mathura police has barred the entry of outsiders for three days from August 11 to 13 given the current pandemic situation. Around 39 barriers have been placed at the bordering districts including Noida, Agra, and Aligarh.

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