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(Week Beginning July 19, 2020)
SHRAAVAN KRISHNA PAKSH CHATURDASHI VIKRAM SAMVANT,
Sarva Shaktimate Parmatmne Sri Ramay Namah:
Please join the Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton every first Sunday and the Vishava Shakti Durga Mandir every second Sunday for Amrit Vani.
response to the spread of the COVID-19
coronavirus, Government have closed all public
schools. Many sport activities (Basket ball,
NHL) and public gathering have also been
VISHWA SHAKTI DURGA TEMPLE at 55 Clarey Ave in Ottawa for:
Starting from Saturday June 20th, 2020, VSDMA
has decided to re-open Durga Mandir for devotees
and visitors. All attendees will have to follow
certain rules strictly set by provincial
guidelines and VSDMA.
TIMING OF SERVICE (S):
Sunday Darshan: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Monday to Saturday: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
RULES TO FOLLOW:
- Wearing a mask is mandatory. Please bring your
- Sanitize your hands before entering into the
- Maintain the rule of social distancing
(Inside/outside of temple please be in queue and
keep distance of at least 6ft. / 2 metres.
- Please enter your details in the
register/format provided by the volunteer.
- This time limited services available.
- No touch allowed to any deities. Donations
should be dropped directly into the donation
- No Langar/ Preetibhoj would be served.
- No home-made Prasad or sweets allowed
except fruit(s) to bring or serve in
- As a token of Prasad a piece of fruit could be
taken from the bowl by devotee(s) him/her self.
- Washroom/Kitchen/Phone services are not
accessible at this time.
- Vulnerable / Weaker immune system / not
feeling well people should refrain from entering
into the temple. We strongly recommend that you
While we are doing everything possible for your
safety and ask for your full cooperation to keep
our devotees and Ottawa Community safe. You will
be attending Darshan / Services on your own
We are looking for volunteers to help us during
service hours. If you or any of your family
member (s) or friend(s) wants to help us please
feel free to contact us.
Mandir Line (613-321-0675): firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Chander Wadhawan (613-799-3899):
Smt. Leena Shukla (613-825-9448):
Pt. R. N. Pandey (613-228-1305):
Mandir Hours (Open every day)
to Saturday 6:00 PM to 8 PM,
Sunday Service 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
If you would like to host or sponsor any events or need more information, please contact
Mandir Line at 613-321-0675,
Pandit R.N.Pandey at 613-228-1305, Smt. Leena Shukla at
613-825-9448 or visit
HINDU TEMPLE at 4835 Bank
Street in Ottawa for:
The following two festivals will be celebrated at the Temple and
also have LIVE broadcast that you can observe from home. Please
join these auspicious celebrations and seek the Divine’s
1. Sri Varalakshmi Vrata Puja - Friday 31 July, 6:30 –
Sri Varalakshmi Puja will be conducted on Friday 31st of July,
puja starting at 6:30 pm followed by reciting of Vrata Story and
Arati at 7:30 pm.
2. Upakarma (Changing of Holy Thread) - Monday 3 August, 7 - 8
Upakarma, changing of the Holy Thread ritual, will be held on
Monday 3rd of August, starting at 7 am. The Ritual will
include Yagnopaveetham, Gayatri Japam, Tarpanam to Rishis, Devas
and Pithru. If you need Holy Thread, please contact the priests
at the Temple at 613-822-1531; a limited number of sets are
You can join these celebrations either being at the Temple or
from home. Given the restrictions caused by safety concern of
Covid-19, many Puja items, such as flowers and fruits, are not
allowed at the Temple. And there is restrictions on how many
people can be at the Temple at a point in time. Therefore, it is
recommended that you perform the ceremony at home with guidance
from the priests at LIVE BROADCAST from the Temple.
You can access the LIVE Broadcast by clicking to the following
If you have not downloaded this application before and need
guidelines on how to download, please refer to Temple’s website:
Board of Directors
On July 13, Government of Ontario announced stage 3 of the
opening, according to which almost all businesses can return on
Friday July 17, with safety protocols devised in stage 2 still
Pursuant to this announcement, there are no major changes to be
made at the Temple, as it is already open in full capacity,
considering the physical distancing of 2 meter. The maximum
number of people that can be present at the Temple at a point in
time is still 50.
As you are aware, we have implemented all safety protocol and
other guidelines provided by the government since the Temple
opened on 15th of June. We greatly appreciate that you have been
very cooperative in following these guidelines.
We are counting on you that you will continue to adhere to the
guidelines that are in place at the Temple without a failing.
Since the Temple was opened on 15th of June, the Temple’s
Management has implemented all the guidelines postulated by the
Government of Ontario. We would like to thank to all of you who
have visited the Temple and followed all the guidelines.
However, there is still the case that quite a few devotees come
without masks. We request you all to bring mask and wear it all
the time while inside the Temple’s premises.
Mask is Mandatory!
Furthermore, before making any booking for a wedding or any
event to be held at the Temple, please review all the guidelines
(also listed in Temple’s website) and follow them rigorously.
We thank you again for cooperation.
Temple is open from Monday 15th of June
In pursuit of the restriction announced by the government of
Ontario (for the safety of everybody, a topmost priority), the
Temple has to follow several restrictions and precautions as
listed below. Please adhere to them.
Rules to follow all the time
Mask is mandatory to enter the Temple; bring your own mask and
wear it all the time in the Temple premises. Wearing masks is
the first line of protection against spread of the infection.
Upon entering the temple, cooperate with volunteers who will ask
a few questions (regarding cough, fever etc.)
Wash hands and use sanitizer
Cover face with elbow during sneezing and coughing
Maintain Social distancing (2 meters) from others and the
deities and be in queue. Stay in the area that is marked on the
floor and the carpet.
Do not bring any flowers, fruits, any edible items and other
Usual pooja or Archana can be conducted
No use of kitchen and preparation of food is allowed
Be considerate to others by not taking long time while in the
Opening hours (same as prior to closing the Temple)
Saturdays and Sundays: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Weekdays: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
5:30 pm – 8:30
Sunday Programs: Mostly same as before, except in place of
singing Bhajans, there will be recorded Bhajans on play.
Private poojas (both inside and outside the Temple ) can be
booked by calling the Temple (same as before). All the rules
have to be followed in all poojas. The total number of people
gathered at private poojas outside the temple will be limited to
only 10 people.
Volunteers We are looking for volunteers during service hours,
please let us know if you can help.
Thank you in advance for your continuous help.
Board of Directors
Ontario has allowed opening of religious places (with many
restrictions and precautionary measures to be taken) from Friday
June 12, 2020. The Temple Board is working out on the various
logistics and guidelines, keeping in mind the safety of
We are very
hopeful that the Temple will start operating from early next
week. We will send another email to that effect very soon. We
would appreciate your patience and understanding.
Sri Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on Saturday 16th of
May from 11 am to noon through Live Broadcast. The celebration
will include chanting Hanuman Chalisa 3 times, reciting
NAMARAMAYANAM, chanting Ashtottaram and performing Arati.
If needed, the Namaramayanam in various languages can be
accessed at Google search.
You can click on this link to join the Live Broadcast from your
computer, or tablet/iPad or smartphone:
If you do not have this link established already, you need to
download the software, “GoToMeeting”. Here is a direct link to
download the GoToMeeting”App from the Google Play Store:
Here is a direct link to download the “GoToMeeting” App from the
Apple App Store:
Hope you will be able to join.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Devotees can participate in Rudram chanting
every Sunday morning at 8 am by joining Live Broadcast from the
Temple. Link to
join Live Broadcast from the Temple is available on the temple
Pranayam classes are now held on-line from
9:45 am to 11:15 am every Sunday. If you wish to participate,
please send an email to
email@example.com to get login details.
e-pooja is available for all services
provided by the Temple. Please call the Temple to book a time
and get further information.
The Temple now accepts E-Transfers. Details
are available at
Link to Scripture Reading is available at
you would like to host or sponsor any events or need more
information, please contact the Manager at 613-822-1531
or visit www.hindutemple.ca.
Please join Barrhaven Shiv Shakti Hindu
at 76 Larkin Drive in Ottawa for:
Shepherds of Good Hope is held every 2nd Saturday of the month.
For details, please contact Virendra Sahni at 613-824-6757 or
ARYA SAMAJ Ottawa-Carleton
holds HAVAN every 2nd Sunday of the month from
5:30 PM at the Hindu Temple. All are welcome.
To host or sponsor and
for more information, please contact
Shreemati Phulan Aeri at
613-723-6724 or Shreemati Sheila Khanna at 613-599-2450.
ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਵਸਿਆ॥ ਤੇਰਾ ਅੰਤੁ ਨ ਜਾਈ ਲਖਿਆ॥
ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ, ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤਿਹ॥
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh.
Dear Sadh Sangat ji,
We are excited to welcome everyone back to the Gurdwara Sahib as
of Sunday June 14th, as we begin the process of re-opening the
Gurdwara Sahib. At this time, we will only be open for
Mattha-Tek, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day. We will not
be serving Langar or tea. Furthermore, washrooms and other parts
of the building will not be accessible. We also ask for your
patience as there could be a line up for Mattha-Tek and you
might have to wait longer than usual.
As we are still under a Public Health Emergency from the
Government of Ontario, we will be following all directives from
all levels of government, including limiting the number of
people inside at any one time. We have put certain
protocols in place to ensure everyone's health and well-being in
order to reduce and eliminate the possible spread of COVID-19.
We respectfully request your cooperation and patience as we
gradually bring the Gurdwara Sahib back to full operations over
the coming months.
As we work with the different levels of government, we are
required to collect some data, which may help health officials
with contact tracing in case of any possible COVID-19 cases.
Therefore, everyone who visits the Gurdwara premises will be
asked to fill out a contact tracing form on arrival. These forms
and any online data are deleted after 30 days and are not used
for any other purposes. The data is only shared with public
health officials in the instance of a COVID-19 case be linked to
the Gurdwara Sahib.
Each person will be asked the following questions prior to
entering the Gurdwara Sahib:
1. Are you or anyone in your household experiencing any of the
following: fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, sore
throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath?
2. Have you or anyone in your household traveled outside of
Ontario in the past 14 days?
3. Have you or anyone in your household been investigated,
tested positive, or been in contact with anyone who has tested
positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Your temperature will be checked with a no-touch thermal scan
Apart from that, you must:
• Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres or 6' from other
members of Sangat who are not part of your household.
• Wear a mask or other face covering (covering mouth and nose)
at all times while on the premises.
• Bring your own head covering (rumaal/chunni) from home.
• Wash or sanitize your hands upon entry and exit from the
• Avoid touching any surface unnecessarily.
• Follow any instructions given by OSS committee members,
Sevadars, or Giani jis.
• Always act in a manner to ensure the safety of yourself and of
• Stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of any illness.
• Stay home if you have pre-existing health conditions that
render you more vulnerable for COVID-19.
• Stay home if you are designated as a vulnerable person with
respect to COVID-19.
• Leave at the conclusion of your Mattha-Tek without socializing
or hanging out on the Gurdwara Sahib's premises, including
in the parking lot.
Lastly, please note that by attending the Gurdwara Sahib, you
voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and
agree not to hold the Gurdwara Sahib, directors, sevadars or
giani jis liable for any illness.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Please join O S S – Ottawa Sikh Society at
25 Gurdwara Road, Ottawa for “GURBANI PROGRAM IN ENGLISH”
featuring Shabad/Kirtan, Presentation and Q & A, every Sunday
from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM in DIWAN HALL.
For more information,
please contact Satinder Sahota by Phone/Text/WhatsApp at
613-970-4564 or email
Here is Communique from ICCC for June,
ICCC Communique #17 (June 2020)
To provide an update on the activities and accomplishments of ICCC.
ICCC COVID-19 Relief Fund:
“GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN WE ALL WORK TOGETHER”
The Indo-Canadian Community Centre would like to congratulate and thank all those who have, to date, generously donated over $63,000 for its “ICCC COVID-19 Relief Fund”
provided several “in-kind” contributions including face masks (1500+) and Indian cuisine (450+ meals) for frontline medical staff of Ottawa hospitals. ICCC’s initial donations to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and Ottawa Food Bank are being matched and recognized by many (e.g. The Ottawa Hospital, FACES Magazine, Malhotra Foundation). Further, ICCC's initiative has kindly been mentioned by Mr. Chandra Arya, MP in Parliament, and by the High Commission of India in its “India Connect”
“Giving Back to the Community”
is a cherished value of our rich Indian heritage. ICCC’s appeal to all in the community is to come forward and donate generously for this worthy cause. Your donation can be made to/via ICCC, or directly to the organization of your choice. Please do inform ICCC of your donations, if made directly to another organization, so that under ICCC’s new initiative, an Annual Report with “Total Donations made by the Indo-Canadian community in Ottawa”
can be prepared for creating awareness in the mainstream. ICCC acknowledges cooperation from Deshantari of Ottawa-Carleton and Malayali Association of Ottawa in starting this collaborative process with ICCC. Kindly do share this information
with your network to support ICCC’s various worthy causes so that they can also be recognized on the ICCC website as Donors, Volunteers and Supporters
– by providing generous support and donations for the need of the hour.
Additional details for all above mentioned initiatives are available in the ICCC Virtual Community Centre
(i.e. Portal & website: www.icccottawa.org
ICCC & EKAL Vidyalaya in Kerala, India:
ICCC has donated $25,500 to EKAL Vidyalaya to fund 4 life time schools for deprived children, as well as for anemia treatment for 400 women under “Arogya Program” in Kerala, India. Please contact the ICCC Board for your donation to support EKAL
programs in other areas also.
ICCC Summer Students Program-2020:
ICCC will hire seven (7) summer students during 2020 to work on its various projects. Students interested in applying for a position are welcome to submit applications - see details posted on the website: www.icccottawa.org
ICCC Seniors Programs:
ICCC Seniors Virtual Zoom meetings are now attended by more than 80 seniors every Thursday (2:00-3:30 p.m.) and Friday (10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon). These meetings, in a very social and informative setting, provide Yoga sessions, talks by invited guests and socializing of seniors by way of singing songs and Bhajans, jokes, and anecdotes.
ICCC encourages all seniors in the community to join in to relieve from isolation, boredom, and loneliness.
ICCC Community Centre -- The key objective of ICCC:
The planned opening of the physical Community Centre in the “Rideau-Rockliffe Community Hub”
is awaiting approvals from the authorities, and further delays are due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ICCC Virtual Community Centre - An Online Community Portal
) provides numerous platforms to bring the community together –these platforms are: Community Hubs, Community Programs, Community Forums, Social Media and the “Events Calendar”
– all designed to provide a central "GO TO"
place for community activity, news and events.
Please understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted progress on many ICCC programs and activities - some events have either been cancelled or postponed until further notice. The ICCC Board will also make a decision on the Virtual AGM 2020 soon. Further, the ICCC Board of Directors and Program Chairs are working on numerous initiatives, and are striving hard to accomplish the new VISION for ICCC, i.e.
"A United Indo-Canadian Community Thriving in the Canadian Mainstream."
Please monitor the ICCC Portal & website: www.icccottawa.org
for your one-stop source of current information about COVID -19 from all public agencies, ICCC programs and other community events, news, views, etc. and also for a wealth of other useful information available from other sources.
Finally, ICCC is very thankful to you all, would welcome your feedback and suggestions, and greatly appreciates your continued support for its numerous initiatives, including the ongoing fund-raising effort
to support COVID-19 and other worthy causes. ICCC values “Unity in Diversity”
, and kindly encourages all in the community to join and become a part of ICCC so that we can all together create enhanced awareness of the contributions by the Indo-Canadian community in Ottawa.
Please Stay Safe & Healthy.
For and on behalf of the Board of Directors & Program Chairs.
Kanwal (Ken) Talwar
SRI SATHYA SAI CENTER of
OTTAWA on 1694 Hunt Club Road in Ottawa invites
you all for:
Vedanta Classes: Every Sunday morning from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Balvikas Classes: Every Sunday morning from 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Bhajans: Every Sunday from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM
For any further information, please call 613 733 7180 or
613 406 2883.
COMMUNITY CENTRE (ICCC)
Here are the events this week followed by up coming
events. For any information regarding a specific activity,
please get in touch with the respective coordinator.
Regular Meeting at Orleans
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
340 - 255 Centrum Boulevard
Orleans ON K1E 3X7
Mr. Adolf James [Phone:613-233-2255]
Dr. Ram Sahi [Phone: 613 824 1710]
Regular Meeting at Merivale
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
30 Woodfield Drive
Nepean ON K2G 3Y5
Ms. Sudesh Kanda [ Phone: 613
869 0349 ]
Mr. Satish Bansal [ Phone: 613
226 5461 ]
Pranayama: from 11 AM to
Tea and Snacks: 12:30 PM -
Please feel to bring your own lunch!
Music, Scrabble, Bingo, Tea, Socializing: from
12:15 to 2 PM
Bridge Class and Play:
from 12 noon to 3 PM
Up Coming Events
Please look at the following ICCC Seniors website for up-to-date
information of the upcoming events:
MUKUL HINDI SCHOOL offers Hindi language
instructions and rich cultural experience for children 4 years
and above. Elementary (Grades JK,SK,1to8) at PINECREST PUBLIC
SCHOOL @ 1281 Pinecrest Road and High School Credit Course &
Adult Education at GLEBE COLLEGIATE on 212 Glebe Avenue.
Registration is open all year round. In fall 2016, first day of
school is September 10th. For more information,
please visit www.mukulhindischool.org or email
SARAL SCHOOL, a non-profit charitable organization run under the Ministry of Education, offers classes to learn Hindi, Bengali or Telugu for free. Registration is on-going every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, starting September
6th at the school, Edouard Bond Elementary, located at 920 Parkhaven in Ottawa. For more information, please contact
Ms. Meena Sones at 613-723-5644 or Ms. Savita Joshi at 613-843-8384.
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