Vrindavan, 2020-03-23 (VT): All major temples in Vrindavan have been closed for public till 31st March, in view of the threat of rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. The temples have suspended all the celebrations until further notice in order to protect the health of volunteers, visitors and local communities.
Temples are complying with the regulations and finding ways to support the local community to fight the Coronavirus.
Bhagvan Rangnath’s ‘Brahmotsava’, locally known as ‘Rath ka Mela’, was cancelled this year due to the threat posed by the pandemic. It was second time in history when the Chariot of Bhagvan Rangnath was not taken out. The Lord was seated on the chariot, from where He gave ‘darshan’ to the devotees. The Rath was not pulled to its destination at Bara Bagicha to avert the congregation. Processions on the following days were called off, with rituals being performed inside the
The Saptadevalays, Banke Bihari Mandir, Radha Ballabh Mandir, Prem Mandir, Iskcon Temple and Rangji Mandirare also closed as part of the Coronavirus lockdown.
The district administration has issued advisories to the temples for closure. As of now only servitors will be allowed inside to maintain the rituals associated with the deities.
Pilgrims, who came from the distant places in Bengal and Orissa, are stranded in the temple town as trains and buses get cancelled and are put on halt till 31st March.