ISKCON temple in Vrindavan sealed as 22 people, including priests, test COVID-19 positive ahead of Janmashtami

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Krishna Janmashtami, to be celebrated on August 12 this year, is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.

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Vrindavan: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (#ISKCON) temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Vrindavan was sealed on Tuesday after 22 people, including priests, tested positive for coronavirus.

The temple was sealed ahead of Janmashtami celebrations.

As per one of the officials: “The movement of people has been restricted and the temple has been sealed.”

According to Amar Ujala, the health department officials had collected the samples of 165 people staying in the residential complex of the temple after two residents were found positive. Out of 165, 22 people have now found to be infected with the dreaded virus.

The report added that Bhakti Charu Swami, the ISKCON leader, passed away in Florida (USA) due to coronavirus on July 4. His last rites were carried out in West Bengal. It is being claimed that a number of people from ISKCON Vrindavan had gone to West Bengal to pay their last respects. They returned to Uttar Pradesh just 10-15 days back. 

The first two COVID-19 positive patients were among those 10-15 people who had gone to West Bengal.

Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna, who is believed to be the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravana. This year, Janmashtami will be observed on August 12. 

Meanwhile, the Mathura administration has prohibited the entry of outsiders in the district for three days between August 11 and 13 during Janmashtami celebrations. The decision was taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per Mathura SP (crime) Radhey Shyam Rai, 39 barriers will be placed at the inter-state borders that the district shares with Haryana and Rajasthan and other districts including Noida, Hathras, Agra, and Aligarh.

“We have also written a letter to the district authorities in the neighbouring states to inform the people that the Janmashtami celebrations in Mathura have been cancelled,” he added.

However, the #Janmastami rituals will be carried out behind the closed doors in the temples in accordance with the guidelines. 

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