Sri Krishna Janmastami Tuesday, August 11th
ISKCON of Atlanta Janmastami Festival
We will honor the appearance day of Lord Krishna virtually (online) this year. The temple management (Vedasara das, Sikhi Mahiti das, Govardhan lila dd, and Adigadhara das) discussed and debated what we should do on Janmastami day.
It was decided that we will keep social contact to a minimum. This is because the covid pandemic is increasing in our city. Adhigadhara prabhu is a doctor taking care of Covid patients in Emory hospital seven days a week. The number of patients is increasing. It is better we keep the devotees safe than risk anyone getting sick. We have lost one of the senior most devotees in our movement due to this virus. We should not take unnecessary risk to honor Lord Krishna's appearance in a large social gathering. As you all are aware, it takes a lot of manpower to manage the festival throughout the day and up to midnight. These devotees would be exposed to all the visitors who come to have darshan of our deities. We do not want any devotee to take this risk.
The temple will be open for darshan following our covid safety rules. Everyone must stand six feet apart, temperatures checked, hands sanitized, and face masks required. We will not have puja thalis available. Boxed maha prasada will be given on the way out.
Abihsek will be at 10pm and be performed by the pujaries only. We have kalshas available for sponsorship. The pujari will offer your kalsha to the Deities and announce the sponsor's name before offering. The abhisek will be broadcast on Mayapur.tv. We will acknowledge the sponsor's name on the broadcast also by scrolling the names on the screen during the abhisek.
If you want to sponsor a kalsh, call Swetaswarup das or Adhigadhara das.
Midnight arati puja offering is available for eight sponsors. We have social distanced designated spots for these sponsors. A moving darshan line will give two minute darshan. A devotee will monitor the line to keep it moving.
It is better if you all stay home and honor Janmastami with your family and online via our Zoom conference. Adigadhara prabhu is arranging for families to participate in kirtan the entire day. Time slots will be available for your home to chant online via Zoom. More details to come soon.
Please forgive us if you are offended. Our concern is to keep the service of our Deities ongoing with an interruption due to one of our purjaries falling ill. Also, we do not want anyone visiting our temple to fall ill due to this virus. We can serve our Lordships in separation until this pandemic is over.
Sikhi Mahiti das
Co - President
ISKCON of Atlanta
The Covid virus is spreading rapidly. Please do your part to protect yourself, your family, and others by wearing a facemask when in public, wash your hands often, and do not go out of your home unnecessarily. 1% of the population has been infected. That means, for everyone 100 people you meet, one of them has the virus. You will never know who is that person.
We have had a couple of people arrive at the temple with high temperatures. There will be no exceptions if your temperature is high. You will not be allowed to enter the temple.
The management of the temple must manage the temple in such a way that the daily deity service (from 3:30a – 9:00p) continues without interruption. Therefore, our priority is to keep our pujaris healthy. Therefore, we are restricting access to the temple.
We will not be able to replace any pujari who falls ill. If that happens, the deities seva will be reduced. So, please do not be offended if we ask you not to come to the temple, ask you to stay within a certain area, or we don’t have festivals.
Our priority is to maintain the current deity seva. We humbly request, please forgive us if you are offended by our actions.
Also, if you are elderly, diabetic, or have other health issues, stay at home. Do not risk becoming sick because you haven’t had darshan in a long time. You can have daily darshan on www.mayapur.tv.
Your servants, ISKCON of Atlanta Management
Hare Krishna. July Update on the COVID-19 outbreak
Dear NA Leaders,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I write just to remind you, being encouraged to do so by other NA leaders, that it is imperative that we remain vigilant in our efforts to protect devotees from covid-19.
The recent, sad departure of HH Bhakti Charu Swami is a reminder that none of us is immune to nature's forces. And we know it's our duty to protect ourselves and other devotees so we can serve Krishna nicely and push on Srila Prabhupada's movement.
So, as you open up, or when you open up, please enforce the following (in your loving Krishna conscious ways).
1. All devotees and guests in the temples must wear masks. This should include children.
--this includes during kirtans. Even those leading kirtans should ideally continue to wear their masks.
2. All devotees and guests must observe social distancing.
3. Disinfectants should be available for all to use at the temple entrances.
4. Devotees should be encouraged to wash their hands regularly.
5. Best to not pay obeisances on the floor.
6. Prasada items like flowers, water and lamps should not be passed around.
7. Microphones (both the mic and the top of the stand where people handle it) and musical instruments must be disinfected regularly
8. Other things like doorknobs, public spaces like bathrooms, etc, must be cleaned and disinfected several times daily.
9. additional attention should be given to how prasadam is prepared and distributed.
10. Please follow all government guidelines.
Again the key message is masks, distance, and disinfect.
Thank you very much for keeping the Vaishnava community safe.
Kuladri dasaDear NA Leaders,
Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasapuja Wednesday, August 12th
Srila Prabhupada was born Abhay Charan De on September 1st 1896 in Calcutta, India. His father was Gour Mohan De, a cloth merchant, and his mother was Rajani. His parents in accordance with Bengali tradition, employed an astrologer to calculate the child’s horoscope, and they were made jubilant by the auspicious reading. The astrologer made a specific prediction: When this child reaches the age of seventy, he would cross the ocean, become a great exponent of religion, and open 108 temples.(Satswarupa das Goswami. 1987. “Your Ever Well-wisher”)
We will announce the festival details soon. There will not be a public temple celebration. We will have online festival of abhisek, puspanjali, and guru puja. We will have Zoom offerings most likely in the evening. Abhisek and guru puja most likely before noon.
Darshan will be available in the late afternoon.
Hare Krishna Devotees
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupāda.
It is once again time for the Vaikuntha Children, as Srila Prabhupāda says, to *virtually* present their talents and skills for the pleasure of the Lord at the *Sri Krishna Janmashtami Kids Competition* on *August 9, 2020*, presented by Sandeepani Ashram Sunday School (ISKCON Atlanta). We have the following competitions for the children,
1. Bhagavad Gīta Shloka Copetition (Group 1: Age 5-9, Group 2: Age 10-15)
2. Drawing Competition (Group 1: Age 5-9, Group 2: Age 10-15)
3. Fancy Dress Competition (Group 1: Age 0-5, Group 2: Age 6-10)
We welcome all of you to register your children *before 9 pm, August 6* at the following link where you can find detailed information for each of the competitions, so be sure to go to the link.
For more details, contact:
Urjeshwari Radha Devi Dasi