ISKCON Mayapur to be open for devotees from Sunday onwards

Debasish Chattopadhyay

Kolkata: More than 70 lakh people from different parts of the world visit Mayapur, birth place of Sri Chaitanya MahaPrabhu and headquarter of ISKCON. Over the years Mayapur has become a significant tourist destination of not only West Bengal but entire world. However this year the global pandemic cast a spell of gloom on the devotees, pilgrims and visitors all over the world who come in search of spiritual enlightment and submerge in the blissful ocean of Harinam Sankirtan.
After nearly 90 days of closure people will again get the opportunity to have darshan and worship Sri Sri Radha Madhava, as the much anticipated gates of ISKCON Chandradaya temple, Mayapur, world headquarter of the institution, will be opened for devotees, pilgrims and visitors from Sunday, July 5 onwards. However to implement precautionary measures few restrictions have been imposed.
The timings of darshan will be only between 9am to 7pm. All visitors will have to enter from main gate and Gammon gate where each vehicle will be sanitised, followed by screening of the visitors and then the visitor will be sanitised before entering the temple campus. It will be ensured that visitors are properly wearing masks. A proper system of crowd control has been set up and to maintain social distancing among the visitors entry gate is made separare from exit gate. Visitor movement inside the campus will be monitered by CCTV cameras. The temple premisis, restaurants, toilets will be sanitised on high frequency every day. To facilitate the visitors free Prasadam will be dostributed in the afternoon.
“Since safety of our devotees and visitors is most important for us we took a bit of extra time to open the gates and wanted to ensure we have enough equipments and proper infrastructure to implement the precautionary measures” informed Sri Madhava Gauranga Das, Vice Chairman of Mayapur Administrative Council. The ISKCON Mayapur management is in constant touch with local administration and will abide by all the rules and regulations.