Despite the the State Government’s nod to open places of worship, various major Hindu temples in West Bengal have decided to voluntarily remain closed for COVID-19 prevention.
This include major seats of worship for Hindus in Eastern India like Dakshineshwar Kali temple, Kalighat temple and Tarapeeth temple. Apart from these, ISKCON too has decided to keep its its temples in Kolkata and Mayapur closed for the time being.
On Friday, the West Bengal Government announced that religious places would be allowed to open from 8th June. The same nod came from the Centre on Saturday. But despite the permissions, temples have decided to remain closed till proper arrangements are made to ensure safety of the devotees.
Temples are currently discussing on the post-lockdown system and would open only when a proper plan is in place. Meanwhile for ISKCON temples in the state, lack of seviators is also an issue. All those in service have left for their hometowns following the lockdown and may take some time to return back.