A shower of rain in the summer season is pleasing and enlivening, but it is merely a temporary relief from the heat. Similarly, the re-opening of our temple was but a small respite from the heat of separation the devotees felt during last year’s series of temple lockdowns, when they were unable to take darshan of their Lordships Sri Sri Gaur Nitai, Sri Sri Krishna Balaram and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar. And now, once again, the temple is under strict lockdown, not permitting anyone, except the devotees performing important temple service, to take darshan of the Lords.
Although the government has not imposed a state lockdown, the temple authorities have been advised by the Mathura Covid team to close the temple to all visitors and strictly limit the movement of people in and out of the temple. The sudden surge in the numbers of positive Corona Virus cases in the state is the reason for these strict impositions, as temples are where large numbers gather, making them a hotspot for the spread of the Virus.
Following government guidelines, the temple is now closed to the public and is encouraging everyone to take darshans and attend all temple programs online, through the live broadcasts on our website, iskconvrindavan.com, through the Tata Sky channel, the Facebook page, the Youtube channel and the Instagram account.
We understand that closing the temple causes distress to devotees eager to come and take darshan, and we fully sympathize with them. At the same time, we, as a responsible organization, are concerned about everyone’s well-being. We are thus inclined to support the endeavors of the government institutions to curb the spread of the Virus.
As you all know, true spiritual progress blossoms with internal absorption. We therefore encourage everyone to intensify their spiritual practices and remain connected to the temple programs by taking advantage of our various online resources, all the while staying at home and taking care of their health.
Any contribution, big or small, made to assist temple services during these trying times will be greatly appreciated.
We pray to our Lordships that we may be able to welcome all of you with open arms in the near future, when the fear of this disease no longer separates us from each other’s association. At that much hoped for time, we will again collectively engage in the service of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram, for Their pleasure.