30 January 2022
We hope that you are all well.
Now that it seems that the worst of the Coronavirus pandemic is behind us, we
look forward to normal services resuming at the Temple from Monday 31 January
2022. Please see the details of the activities in February below.
However the pandemic is not over as yet and it is wise to to be cautious.
Those who come to the Temple must be fully aware of the risks and should take
responsibility for their health. It is recommended to wear masks in crowded
indoor places and maintain social distancing especially if you fall into one of
the vulnerable groups.
3 December 2021
A new Coronavirus variant of concern called ‘Omicron variant’ has emerged
recently. It may be more infectious than the Delta variant. How serious it is
and how effective the Covid vaccine is against it is still being researched.
The advice given is from what we know so far and what the UK government has
1. All adults over 18 years of age should have a booster Covid vaccine.
We would encourage all to be fully vaccinated and to have the booster dose of
Covid vaccine when you are called to have it.
This gives one the best protection against Covid-19.
2. Pregnant women are at high risk of getting severely ill from Covid-19
infection and the Covid vaccine is safe in pregnancy. All pregnant women who
are eligible for the Covid vaccine are encouraged to have the vaccination.
3. Children aged 12 to 15 years should have 2 doses of Covid vaccination.
We would encourage all eligible for Covid vaccine to get it when it is offered.
B. LATERAL FLOW TEST
It is sensible to take a lateral flow test if you are well and attending the
Temple, an indoor event or socialising.
You can order free lateral flow tests via Gov.co.uk. These are for people who do
not have symptoms, and usually come in packs of seven. Please read the
instructions carefully, as they can differ slightly by test pack.
If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate and get a free PCR test.
C. WEAR A MASK
Wearing a mask reduces transmission of the virus. Carry a mask with you when
you’re out and about, as they are now mandatory in most shops and on public
transport again across the UK.
Please wear a mask when attending the Temple. This protects you and the
D. HAND WASHING
Regular hand washing reduces transmission of various virus and germs, including
Coronavirus and Influenza virus.
E. TEMPLE SAFETY RULES
The Temple is open 7 days a week for prayers and darshan. There is no age
restriction but the vulnerable are advised to take extra care. Please
follow the Temple Covid safety rules as below.
23 October 2021
It is with great regret but with paramount safety in mind for the devotees, we
as the Temple committee are having to take steps to suspend in-person functions
at the Temple for the foreseeable future.
Our optimism was high that people would not catch Covid during functions at the
Temple. However, having celebrated Navratri at the Temple, a number of cases
have come to the fore, both for some devotees and committee members.
We have some major functions upcoming in our diary where there will be
gatherings of a lot of people in a confined space. With the number of Covid
cases on the rise within our community, a drastic step is now being taken to
suspend all in-person functions. The Temple will remain open for individual
prayers and a one way system introduced like what we had during the lock-down
What this means is that:
1. Prayers of Karva Chowth, like last year, will be conducted online. You can
still come and offer your individual prayers at the Temple but the Karva Chowth
pooja will be held online. Zoom details are below.
2. On Diwali day, the Temple will remain open 9am to 9pm for individual prayers
and darshan but the evening Diwali fireworks will cancelled.
3. Chopda poojan will be done online.
4. On Annakot day, the Temple will remain open 9am to 9pm for individual prayers
and darshan, but there will not be an evening function.
5. No activities where there is a mass gathering. Therefore Mataji Chownki,
meeting of Elderly group, Jalaram Jayanti, Sai Baba Jayanti, Tulsi Vivah, etc...
will be suspended.
6. Sunday group singing will also be suspended.
7. A one-way system will be re-introduced in the Temple.
8. Mask wearing in the Temple and hand-sanitising prior to entry will be
We understand that this is a tough call to make, and the whole committee is
unanimous in this decision. The safety and well-being of all our Devotees is
paramount and we have to ensure that we stop the spread of Covid within our
community. We need to ensure that the vulnerable within our community are kept
Thank you for your understanding.
Vedic Society Committee
from Monday 19 July 2021
The Temple will re-open from Monday 19 July 2021.
On Monday there will be an opening ceremony at 10 am followed by
Abhishekam and Aarti.
Everyone is welcome.
To keep everyone safe please follow the Temple entry rules.
do not come to the Temple if:
▪ you or anyone in your household have high fever, new continuous
cough, loss of taste & smell or not well (cold or flu).
▪ you or anyone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19.
▪ you had close contact with a person who may have Covid19.
▪ anyone in your household is self-isolating or has been asked to
self-isolate by Test & Trace.
▪ you or anyone in your household have travelled in the past 14 days
and are self-isolating.
Inside the Temple, Face masks are compulsory, use Hand
sanitizer and maintain Social distancing.
All excess milk after Abhishekam to be taken away by the devotee.
Temple opening times are given above.
Please note that the early Sunday Aarti has been changed to 12 noon.
Aarti on Zoom on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:30pm will
continue for a few weeks.
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30 January 2022