In a damper, the ISKCON temple at Vrindavan was sealed today after 22 people related to the temple tested positive for COVID-19. As reported by ANI, the infected lot also includes the priest of the temple.
The news is more unfortunate as it comes on the day of Krishna Janmashtami itself. However, as learnt, ISKCON is scheduled to observe the auspicious occasion tomorrow.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ISKCON is taking precautionary measures with respect to Janmashtami celebrations. Vice-President of ISKCON New Delhi, Vrajendra Nandan Das, was quoted by ANI as saying, “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.”
Similarly, ISKCON Bengaluru too will reportedly avoid mass gathering and is slated to host a virtual darshan instead.