Ac Installed For Deities Atiskcon Temple In Gaya | Patna News

Gaya: Notwithstanding the fact that the deities are considered to be above worldly sufferings like heat and cold, the local ISKCON temple management has got an airconditioner (AC) and four fans installed near the idols to protect them from hot weather.
“An airconditioner and four fans have been installed near the idols of Radha, Lord Krishna and Lord Jagannath,” ISKCON Gaya temple president Jagdish Shyam Das said and added, “Gaya is considered among the hottest cities in India. On an average, nearly 200 devotees visit the ISKCON temple everyday. Among the devotees, some are from outside the state and come here to perform pinddaan rituals. They are not familiar with the intense heat in summer in this part of the country.”
Bhog’ is offered six times before the idols of the deities everyday. “Although the deities do not consume food, fruits or milk, yet ‘bhog’ is offered everyday six times as usual as a symbol of love. Similarly, installation of electric equipment to protect from heat is a symbol of love towards the deities,” Das said.
Das said, “The devotees visiting the temple treat the idols of the deities like their own family members. Some of them bring beautiful clothes, while others bring cooked food to offer as bhog. They also contribute in cleaning the temple and cooking bhog for the deities.”
Apart from this, the management committees of world heritage Mahabodhi Mahavihara and the Vishnupad temple have rolled mat to protect the feet of devotes from the heated marble floor due to scorching sun. Two water coolers have also been installed on the Mahavihara campus for the devotees. Mahavihara chief priest Bhikkhu Chalinda said, “In view of expected rise in temperature, mat has been rolled around the shrine and on the stairs.”

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