Covid-19 Updates

1 Apr 2021

The Temple Administration has continued the restricted Temple hours. As part of the new hours, devotees may register for darshan Monday through Friday as usual. Certain time slots will be opened on Saturday and Sunday, so please view the form below to see what is available.

This is being done to maintain everyone’s safety during the current surge in Monroe County. Preventing the spread of Covid requires all of us to work together, and the restricted hours will also help in protecting the entire community during this time of increased travel and gatherings. Later in the month, the Administration will reevaluate the situation and provide an update regarding Temple hours.

Please be aware, the Sri Vidya Temple is requiring that all devotees must register to come for darshan of Sri Rajarajeswari. The Temple Administration is also restricting occupancy significantly to ensure that social distancing can be followed.

Please Note:

  • Registration is required to come for darshan
  • Those who have not registered will not be permitted inside the Temple
  • All safety and social distancing protocols must be followed at all times on the Temple property
  • Once the chosen 30-minute time slot is over, devotees should leave the Temple
  • Devotees must cooperate with Temple volunteers, for everyone’s safety

**IMPORTANT** If you wish to visit the Temple from out of state, you must review the NY State travel restrictions for visitors from other states and make sure that you can comply with the travel restrictions: click here to review NYS travel restrictions.

Once you have read the Darshan Guidelines below, you may register to come for darshan. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with these safety guidelines.

Darshan Guidelines

PRECAUTIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RISK

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has advised that certain groups of people may be at higher risk from Coronavirus. This includes: 1) people over 65 years of age, and 2) people with underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or lung conditions. Please consult with your doctor for guidance on visiting any public places.

Although the Temple is taking all possible safety measures, it is impossible to guarantee that visitors will not be exposed to Coronavirus. Those who visit the Temple are doing so at their own risk, and the Temple cannot be held responsible for any potential exposures.

BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE TEMPLE

  • Devotees must register before visiting. Anyone who does not register ahead of time will not be permitted to enter the Temple.
  • Please make sure to follow our Temple Dress Code when you come, as we are not able to provide shawls, skirts, or veshtis “on loan.”
  • Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 must not enter the Temple. Those with fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath should stay home and consult their doctor. Anyone who has had symptoms of Covid-19 should wait two weeks after the symptoms end, or consult their doctor as to when it is safe to leave the house.
  • A very limited number of people will be allowed in the Temple at any given time. This includes volunteers performing necessary tasks.
  • Devotees who have registered should wait in their cars until their selected time. All personal belongings should be left in the car.

UPON ENTERING THE TEMPLE

  • Visitors must wear a mask at all times while inside the Temple and maintain a distance of six feet from anyone outside their household.
  • All visitors must wash their hands as soon as they enter the Temple. This is a requirement.
  • Visitors should stay within the areas marked by signs and barriers. The Bookstore/Office will remain closed and the Kitchen is not open to the public.

Visitors may not request sankalpam in person. Devotees should continue to use the online form to request archana or other sankalpam.

UPON LEAVING THE TEMPLE

  • Please follow the signs guiding you out of the Temple.
  • Packed prasadam will be available in a designated location for pick-up on the way out.

Register for Darshan

Please select a time you’d like to visit the Temple to start the registration process.