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Temples reopen in Harare for vaccinated devotees only

Temples reopen in Harare for vaccinated devotees only
September 02
12:26 2021

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HARARE: Two Hindu temples in Harare (Zimbabwe), run by Hindu Society Harare (HSH), were closed for months due to COVID-19, have now reopened; but entry is restricted for community members “who have had both doses of COVID 19 vaccination”.

Society’s notice issued on August 27 states: …The Anson Road Mandir is also open for all prayer and bhajan groups who wish to recommence their sessions…Please show the guard your vaccination card at the point of entry of the Anson Road Mandir…

Janmastami( celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna) day ceremonies; which include bhajans, thaal arti, prasad; were held at Anson Road Mandir on August 30 2021. But the evening Janmastami ceremonies, performed by priest and his family at Anson Road Mandir was broadcast live on YouTube and Society’s Facebook.

Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.2 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. Hindus are God’s people, full of courage and generosity. Petition God for the common good of all the local and world communities during these times of confusion and suffering, Rajan Zed President of Universal Society of Hinduism said here

Cameron Street Shree Omkar Mandir celebrated its 90th anniversary in February 2019, while 25th anniversary of Ridgeview Shree Omkar Mandir was observed in 2017. HSH “intends to publish a written record” of the hundred years of “community’s existence in Zimbabwe”.

In the pre-COVID-19 times, HSH reportedly had been conducting various bhajan events, twice-weekly yoga classes, Hindi lessons, cultural/social activities; organized daily aarti at both the temples with Havan on Sundays; and offered funeral assistance for bereaved families; etc.; besides running Mahila Mandal, Shishu Mandal and Yuvak Mandal. HSH has also been running various schools—Westridge High School, Westridge Primary School, Gujarati School.

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