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Hindu temples & organizations extend helping hand to deal with the pandemic

Hindu organizations have come forward to contribute their might during these testing times as Bharat is faced with the 2nd wave of the Chinese Virus pandemic. Even as state governments are struggling with the exponential increase in cases, Hindu religious and social service organizations are offering a helping hand by setting up isolation centers, ensuring oxygen supply, and other such measures.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir has started a 500-beds Covid hospital with oxygen facility in Vadodara’s Atladara area on 13 April 2021. While piped oxygen lines and liquid oxygen tank facilities have already been installed, ICU and ventilators would be set up in the coming days. The Yagnapurush Sabhagruh of the temple has been converted into a Covid hospital.

Space was provided by BAPS Sanstha and the medical facilities were arranged by the Gujarat government and Health Ministry. BAPS spokesperson said that OSD IAS Vinod Rao had approached them with the idea considering the availability of large area and facilities. Accordingly, the Mahants and senior Sants granted permission for the same and the facility was established within a short span of just four days.

Only recently, privately managed Hindu temple trust Sant Shree Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan Trust located in Shegoan came forward to help the Maharashtra health authorities to deal effectively with the pandemic situation by establishing a 500-bed isolation ward in Buldhana district. They are also providing 2000 lunch boxes daily.

Not just Hindu temples but even the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) has pitched in during this hour of crisis. They have opened a Covid care centre with 450 beds at Pune’s Karvenagar. The centre has been established at Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha’s Baya Karve hostel in association with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Jankalyan Samiti Vivek Vyaspeeth.

Covid positive asymptomatic patients who have no facilities for home quarantine will be admitted here. Each room can accommodate three patients who will be provided tea, breakfast, two meals and medicines free of cost. Eight trained doctors, 25 trained members will be available 24X7.

Punekar News quotes RSS Pune city executive Mahesh Karpe as saying “The patient can stay in the quarantine home for 10 to 12 days as per the medical advice. In case of any emergency, the patient can be shifted to the hospital with help from the civic body. A team of medical experts from Sahyadri Hospital will be taking care of the patients. Counseling too will be provided.”

Many Hindu temples have not only made monetary contributions to PM Cares Fund but have also been ensuring that the hungry are fed not just during these times of pandemic but since ancient times. Hindu temples the world over are well-known for their annadaan prasada (serving food as prasad) where people can have food without being questioned about their caste, religion, race, etc.

While skeptics and the Hindumisic liberal cabal has always been foul-mouthing Hindu temples and organizations, it is these very Hindu bodies that have rushed to serve the society in times of crisis.

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