Week Ahead 19-24 June 2020 & Temple Opening for Darshan

Call for Prayer for His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami
We earnestly request all of you sheltered under the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath to offer prayers with all your heart, in line with the instructions Srila Prabhupada gave his own disciples when he was not well, “My Dear Lord Krishna, if you so desire, please cure His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami.” Maharaja has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in critical condition in the ICU at a hospital in the USA. We are deeply indebted for the significant service Maharaja has offered in South Africa.
Dear Friends
Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The past 90 days have been extremely challenging at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple. The lockdown emphasises that the devotees are the heart of the temple and not having their association in festivals, temple programs, rendering service together, and honouring of prasad together has been heartbreaking.

While we understand the need to come together, devotees and friends understand that the main priority of each of us is to ensure that we maintain uninterrupted worship of our Lordships Sri Sri Radha Radhanath.

Even with the infection rate rapidly rising, considering the government regulation under level 3 of the disaster act for places of worship, we would like to gradually open the temple for darshan safely and securely.

From Monday 22 June 2020, we will allow darshan from the bridge (from behind the security gate) between 11am-1pm from Monday to Sunday.

For your safety, these are the protocols that will be observed:

1) The darshan area will be cleaned daily before and after the darshan times.
2) Compulsory temperature check and hand sanitisation at the entrance of the temple.
3) No masks no entry! (Reusable cloth masks will be on sale at Govindas.)
4) Adhere to directives by the safety officers and proceed to the bridge for darshan.
5) Kindly refrain from offering obeisances. You may do so mentally.
6) Once you have taken darshan, please proceed to the exit.
7) You may bring the following items as offerings: ingredients for cooking and flowers. Note: cooked offerings are not allowed. Offerings must be in placed the “Bhoga Box” allocated on the bridge.

Kindly note: the toilet facilities are closed.
(A video will be posted in the next few days detailing the above procedure.)

I do apologise for not allowing you in the temple at this stage. Various safety protocols have to be in place before that can be approved. The temple currently does not have the resources to manage such a situation.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Remember that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura said that we should try to act in a way that the Deity will see us.

I am looking forward to serving you once again.

Hare Krishna.

Your servant,
Vibhu Caitanya Das
OBO SSRRT Management

Week Ahead 
Friday 19 June
7:30am Class by His Holiness Rama Govinda Swami
Saturday 20 June
7:30am Class by His Holiness Bhakti Caitanya Swami
Sunday 21 June
Srila Gadadhar Pandit’s Disappearance Anniversary
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s Disappearance Anniversary
Fast until midday 
7:30am Special Class on Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur by Rama Govinda Swami
12:30pm Puspa-puja
ZOOM Love Feast @11am
Self-Expression in Bhakti
presented by Rukmini Devi Dasi & Friends
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 863 8907 6861
Monday 22 June
Gundica Marjana – The Cleansing of the Gundica Temple
7:30am Class by Bhakti Caitanya Swami
10:00am Instagram Live (@DurbanKrishna) with His Grace Vibhu Caitanya Das
Tuesday 23 June
Srila Swarup Damodar Gosvami’s Disappearance Anniversary
7:30am Class by Rama Govinda Swami
Wednesday 24 June
7:30am Class by Bhakti Caitanya Swami
Govinda’s Pop-Up Takeaway is now opened!
Monday–Friday 11am-3pm
Govinda’s is offering pre-orders (via Govinda’s WhatsApp 078 849 4291), pick-up or drop in & buy (at pop-up store) and delivery to your vehicle. Strictly card payments only.
Help spread the word by sharing the menu with at least three people.
How to Connect to the Temple?
Please direct all queries via WhatsApp 062 526 3606 or temple@iskcondurban.net
Save the Date
The 11th Annual BBT Africa Online Conference
11 & 12 July