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Belur Math, Dakshineswar, Kalighat temples to keep their doors open for Poila Baisakh

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 Dakshineshwar temple, Kalighat temple and Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, will remain open for Poila Baisakh, the authorities declared on Monday evening. Last year, the establishments had to be kept closed because of the lockdown. This year, though they will be open, there will be several restrictions in place.
Belur Math general secretary Swami Suvirananda said the temple gates will remain open and devotees can come in following the revised timings, but no one will be allowed to touch the feet of the senior monks.
The visit to the temples within the premises will, however, be allowed though no one will be allowed to offer prostrate pranaams.

“Devotees can join their palms in pranaam. No touching of feet will be allowed because we have to keep everyone safe,” Swami Suvirananda said.

Dakshineshwar Temple Committee has decided to keep the temple open from 5am, much earlier than usual, so people can offer their Poila Baisakh prayers.

“We will keep the floor wet by continuously flowing water over it, otherwise it will get too hot and uncomfortable. After much deliberation, we have decided to keep the temple open because we do not wish to deny devotees their darshan of the deity on the first day of the year,” said Kushal Chowdhury, trustee.

Kalighat Temple has requested additional police protection so that social distancing is maintained. The revised timings will soon be declared, temple authorities said. “Chief minister Mamata Banerjee comes to the temple at midnight to offer prayers at the start of Poila Baisakh. We don’t know if she will come this year as she did not come last year because of the lockdown. However, we are making all arrangements,” said Dipankar Bhattacharya, secretary of the Sevayats.

Source: Times of India

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