Temples Lock down advice

Dear members & well-wishers 

We recognize that the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are impacting the whole world including us in the UK. It has changed the UK landscape so profoundly and so quickly. Our devotees who happened to visit temples in large numbers are elderly Hindus.  Guidance and instructions from the government to self-isolate anyone over 70 years of age and further advise to all stay indoors has created a dilemma for Hindu places of worships. We all are thinking individual safety versus community. Central philosophy our religion i.e. coming together is partly metaphorical now, we cannot come together, we cannot reach out to the very people who need us the most and this is pulling us all apart.

However, as a responsible community and the Hindu places of worship are part of the community. We request all our Hindu temples to social distance themselves and close the doors for the general public. We encourage Hindus to pray at home.

We request  Temple management to take steps that elder devotees are being looked after. It is very important that we reach out to older people, therefore, if the temples has facilities and young volunteers then meals can be prepared and delivered to the people most in need

 I am sure that the large temples are ensuring they have daily updates to all devotees via messages, email as well as post the online live Arti.

 Social media is the tool which connecting us together and will play a very significant role in the next few weeks. Urging all to use it and stay connected.

It is important for all to stay safe and self isolated.

Remember to wash your hands regularly and properly as advertised by NHS and PHE. Keep Healthy

Rajnish Kashyap
General Secretary/Director
Hindu Council UK (HCUK)