With major Hindu festivals falling in the month of August, one is bound to feel that the pandemic has dampened the spirit of celebrations everywhere. But authorities are doing all they can to keep up the festive fervour. For instance, the BMC had earlier announced guidelines for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi safely amid the pandemic. Likewise, ISKCON temples across India have decided to celebrate Janmashtami online this year.
ISKCON Temples In India Go For Virtual Janmashtami Celebrations
There are over 150 ISKCON temples in India. These Krishna temples maintained by the organisation across major Indian cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, and Vrindavan will host virtual streams of Janmashtami celebrations. ISKCON Bangalore is streaming a series of programmes scheduled for August 11 and 12 on ISKON Bangalore, the institution’s YouTube channel. The Dwarka Delhi ISKCON temple has also invited people to register online for the Maha Aarti or offering Bhog. Speaking of virtual tours, you might soon be able to experience Kashi’s ancient temples via a museum.
Virindavan ISKCON Temple Sealed After Covid-19 Cases
As per several reports, the Vrindavan ISKCON temple has been sealed after 22 people tested positive for Covid-19. Thus, the temple has planned to conduct a digital tour of the city, covering important temples like Vaishno Devi Temple, Vrindavan Chandroday Temple, Prem Mandir, Nidhivan Temple and ISKCON temple. The tour will also feature spectacular sights of the Yamuna flowing through the city. This tour will be streamed on the Iskcon Vrindavan YouTube Channel. Speaking of Vrindavan Chandroday Temple, did you know that it is set to be the tallest religious monument in the world? Planned by ISKCON Bangalore, construction work on the temple has already begun. It is expected to welcome visitors in 2022, if everything flows smoothly.
The pandemic seems to have played a spoilsport on Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi. However, this year, people are taking to all things virtual when it comes to religious customs. They are adapting to online aartis, donations, and virtual darshans. We encourage people to keep with the spirit of festive fervour safely. Till then, here are 5 things you didn’t know about Mumbai’s Iconic Siddhiviniyak: