Week Ahead 13-18 March 2020

Dear Friends

Durban Festival of Chariots – Postponed NOT Cancelled
With the uncertainty around the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing team for the Durban Festival of Chariots 2020, in consultation with our internal and external role players, has made a carefully considered decision to postpone the festival to a more appropriate time later this year. The health and safety of our devotees and visitors is top priority. We sincerely thank you for your commitment and assistance with the festival thus far, and ask that you kindly continue enthusiastically with planning and preparation. We look forward to sharing the new dates for the festival soon. We pray for the welfare of all during this challenging period and encourage everyone to take care and abide by the protocols and guidelines recommended by the health authorities.

Visiting Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple
Temple events will continue as scheduled and Govinda’s & Radhanath’s Gifts are open as usual. You will find alcohol-based hand sanitizer at every entry point (temple room entrance, Govinda’s level entrance, and public toilets entrance). Govinda’s are using alcohol based detergents. We request that you do not visit the temple if:
1. You have any symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus — fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
2. You have been around anyone else with the above symptoms.
3. You have a compromised immune system and are therefore at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
4. You are worried about catching the coronavirus disease.
5. You have traveled to high-risk countries listed at https://www.cdc.gov/ or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to one of these countries.
6. In any of the above cases, please refrain from participating in temple activities for at least 14 days after your return or after you are symptom-free.

Kirtanuity is Cooking!
The Kirtanuity youth group invites anyone aged 16-30, to join in the first service for the youth for 2020 — cooking the Love Feast!
Saturday 14 March (2pm-6pm) – veggie cleaning
Sunday 15 March (8am onwards) – cooking the feast
For more info: WhatsApp 071 973 3013

Week Ahead – All programs are subject to cancellation depending on evolving information on COVID-19

Friday 13 March
Stanger Nama-hatta @7pm
with Bhakti Caitanya Swami
Sabha Hall
7 Blaine Street, KwaDukuza

Saturday 14 March
Harinam @10am
Starts at Msipatel-Optom
Shop 32 The Arcade Southern Life House, 88 Joe Slovo Street

Sadhana – Seva – Sadhya Workshop is cancelled due to some course facilitators not being available.

Sunday 15 March
Sunday Love Feast @11am
with His Grace Vidya-pati Das

Save the Date

Thursday 19 March
Ekadasi – Fast from all grains, beans & legumes.

Saturday 21 March
The Lotus Market
The Lotus Market has gained momentum with visitors enjoying a true culinary experience. You can look forward to homemade spices, continental Indian cuisine, superfoods, vegan cakes, local crafts, beauty products, face painting, clothing, perfumes, crystals, and more. It will be a great family outing with a children’s play zone, music and live entertainment. Come along and support local. Ample safe free parking.

Saturday 28 March
BYS Morning Yoga @7:30am
The Kidney Meridian
WhatsApp #yoga to 074 629 1122
Bookings close 25 March

Sri Vyasa-puja of His Holiness Rama Govinda Swami @4pm
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

Newcastle Ratha Yatra @10:30am
Newcastle Town Hall
Scott Street
Enquiries: 034 312 3369 or iskconsa.newcastle@gmail.com