Please accept the blessings of Sri Sri Radha Madhav, Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Dev and Srila Prabhupada.
I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.
I am writing this letter to you in the most unusual of circumstances. Generally, during this time of the year, our centers are engaged in celebrating various festivals such as Ram Navami, Patotsav, and Narasimha Chaturdashi, among others. Devotees get a chance to witness the divine beauty of Their Lordships Sri Radha Madhav adorned in various alankaras, listen to ecstatic kirtans and relish delicious Krishna prasadam. These celebrations have always filled the devotees’ hearts with spiritual joy and created unforgettable memories for a lifetime.
Hare Krishna Mandir, is one of the most important spiritual destinations in Ahmedabad. The temple, has been untiringly engaged in the service of Lord Sri Krishna and the mankind in its various capacities. It is not only a place of worship of the Supreme Lord but an active center from where multifarious benefits are being extended to the society in the fields of spirituality, religion, education, culture and philanthropy.
This year, unfortunately, all the celebrations, as mentioned above, have to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The temple has been closed for the public since 23rd March to abide by the rules of the complete lockdown strictly. However, 50 resident devotees are praying fervently for the welfare of humanity in these difficult times and seeking the Lord’s protection. We are ensuring that the regular sevas - such as Mangala arati, Naivedya seva, Sri Narasimha Nitya Homa, Raj Bhog Arati, Sandhya Arati, Shayana arati, Srimad Bhagavata Pravachan are being performed.
Along with these activities in the temple, the missionary devotees are involved in COVID-19 relief measures by extensively distributing food through Akshaya Patra Foundation. With the support of Government of India, various State Governments and generous donors, we have already distributed more than 4 CRORE meals all over the country.
Since the announcement of the lockdown, all the sources of income to run the temple have come to a complete standstill, and the resources required to manage the temple are depleting fast. We need to take care of 50 full-time resident devotees, maintain Goshala comprising of about 60 cows and we also need to care for about 80 workers and their families, who are solely dependent on the temple for their livelihood.
With the inflow of funds reducing to a trickle since the last few weeks, we are facing an uphill task in paying their salaries.
Temple like ours is a beacon of hope and inspiration for thousands of people. This temple is being maintained with the support of devotees, donors, and well-wishers like you, we are humbly requesting you, a valued member of the Sri Sri Radha Madhav’s family, to continue supporting us, as you have done in the past, to maintain the temple and to continue all the sevas to Their Lordships as usual.
Srila Prabhupada says, “Those who give contributions to expand the activities of the Krishna consciousness movement and to accomplish its objectives will never be losers; they will get their wealth back with the blessings of Lord Krishna”.
We pray to Sri Sri Radha Madhav, Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Dev and Srila Prabhupada to bestow Their supreme protection and shelter upon you and your family.
Yours in the service of Lord Sri Krishna,
Jaganmohan Krishna Dasa
President - Hare Krishna Movement Ahmedabad
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