Belur Math Reopens, Jagannath Temple gets COVID-19 Darshan Rules

Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda, reopened yesterday after six months. A popular spiritual site, the complex in Howrah will operate two visitor slots—8.30 am to 11 am, and 3.30 pm to 5.15 pm—in the Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Brahmananda Temple areas. 

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Stringent safeguards have been put in place for all visitors. The curbs include prohibition of sit-down meditation, sitting pranams (sashtanga) and prasad/bhog distribution, as well as the Ramakrishna Museum being closed until further notice. Bathing in the ghats nearby is also not allowed. 


Devotees have to wear masks at all times, undergo a thermal screening, and stick to position markings created by the Math while moving around.

For any queries before a visit, you can contact the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission at +91-33-2654-5700 / 5701 / 5702 / 5703 / 5391 / 8494 / 9581 / 9681. 

Jagannath Temple issues COVID-19 visit guide 

Credit: @PIBBhubaneswar/Twitter

Credit: @PIBBhubaneswar/Twitter

Located in Puri, Odisha, the temple will now remain open for darshan seven days a week. Public darshans at this Char Dham site will begin by 6 am daily. Devotees have been advised to remember these rules:

> Entry is only through the Singhadwara (east gate), while exit is through all gates except the Singhadwara.

> If you submit any personal articles at the shoe stand, then the temple suggests you exit from the Hastidwara (north gate) for easy retrieval.

> The queue for entry into the temple will begin from the barricades opposite the shoe stand.

> Avoid touching statues/idols inside the temple.

> Diyas can only be lit in designated areas inside the temple.

> Pilgrims can only have the mahaprasad in designated areas at Ananda Bazar and inside the temple.

> Special arrangements for Puri locals, earlier available from 6 am to 7 am, have been discontinued.

> Chewing tobacco, spitting paan, or carrying polythene bags inside will invite heavy fines.

Not sure about COVID-19 travel restrictions in West Bengal and Odisha? Read the most updated policies here before you go.

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