Posts Tagged ‘coronavirus’

Bhaktivedanta Manor Update

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances.  All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We at Bhaktivedanta Manor are under lockdown and, under the guidance of the ISKCON Deity ministry and the GBC, we have simplified our Deity worship so that resident devotees can conduct the worship in a manageable and sustainable way. From the recent photographs of our beautiful Deities, one can see that They continue to be cared for with great attention and devotion. The cows are also being looked after and are producing abundant milk.

We are taking all the recommended precautions to prevent infection among our resident devotees, and any resident devotee who shows symptoms of COVID 19 is immediately isolated and in regular consultation with a doctor.

Although the UK Government is aiming to conduct 25000 a day, this target is not currently being reached. Consequently, not everyone in the UK with symptoms is being tested. The UK GBC has asked Temple Presidents to highlight confirmed cases of COVID19 to him so that help can be offered to the most vulnerable and those in need. There is some speculation around numbers of devotees with COVID19, however the majority remain unconfirmed. 

On the bright side, we’re happy to report that hundreds of devotees throughout the UK are participating in online sangas to chant japa together, have kirtan, and read and discuss Srila Prabhupada’s books. May we all continue to spiritualize the airwaves in this way!

Please take advantage of the following facilities to maintain your spiritual inspiration in these testing times:

– Online Morning Programme & Aratis – www.manor.media

– Special Facebook Live Discussions – www.facebook.com/SoBhakti/

– Books available for reading & inspiration – www.vedabase.io

– Online Courses (Launching Soon) – www.schoolofbhakti.com

– Live broadcast from ISKCON Centres around the world- www.mayapur.tv

Bhaktivedanta Manor is also reaching out to provide practical and spiritual assistance. Please contact our “Krishna’s Helpers” service and we’ll endeavour to mobilise our volunteers to help in whatever way we can. Pass on the message to those in need. (Email: help@krishnatemple.com / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925)

your servants at Bhaktivedanta Manor

Temple open for darshan only

Monday, March 16th, 2020

As you may know, in their effort to contain the coronavirus the UK government has increased their restrictive recommendations.

Bhaktivedanta Manor is continuing to provide a spiritual service for the public during this difficult time, and to that end and until further notice we will adopt the following policies:

  • The Temple will be open only for darshan
    Monday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm and 4:20pm to 7:30pm.
    Sunday darshan will be from 9am to 8pm.
    (Please note: the elderly, sick, or those in contact with anyone showing symptoms are requested to postpone their visit to the temple.)
  • Daily on manor.media and Mayapur TV we will stream the aratis and the morning classes.
  • Visitors will receive a little prasad just after darshan.
  • During darshan hours, visitors will have access to the reception area, temple room, restrooms, Goshalla, and the Bakery.
  • Please note that all events and courses are postponed.
  • Also, we encourage our congregation to use online facilities rather than physically gathering.

We pray that all of you remain safely situated at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda. During this tumultuous time They are our lasting and stable shelter. We request everyone to take necessary personal precautions while also trying to help fellow devotees, neighbours, and those in society who are in need.

As far as possible, we at Bhaktivedanta Manor want to help you during this difficult time. We welcome you to contact us at help@krishnatemple.com and let us know what you need. We will try our best to assist you in whatever way we can.

your servant always,

Visakha Dasi

President, Bhaktivedanta Manor

Public Service Announcement

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk of coronavirus in the UK from low to moderate. Bhaktivedanta Manor  is currently open; however regard will be had to the most recent and up-to-date medical advice available, including updates provided by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE). The approach taken by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) with respect to Coronavirus will be measured and proportionate to the risks identified. We are regularly monitoring the risks and the potential impact this may have on worshippers or visitors to our Temples.

Travel

Places at higher risk of coronavirus are: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy – only northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel, Thailand, Vietnam.

Returning travellers must stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if they have travelled to the UK from:

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy, or special care zones in South Korea, since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
  • Other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next. In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. In Northern Ireland call 0300 200 7885.

NOTE: ISKCON Temples are public places of worship, if you a returning traveller from the above-mentioned countries and are experiencing any of the symptoms, even mild, or have been asked to self-isolate, do not visit the Temple under any circumstance.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs

There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel
  • Try to void close contact with people who are unwell
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Further Guidance

Please keep updated via the following links: