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Community Announcements
(Week Beginning August 30, 2020)
BHADRAPAD SHUKLA PAKSH DWADASHI VIKRAM SAMVANT, 2076.

  1. 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.

  2.  

    In 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 cancelled. 


     

  3. Please join VISHWA SHAKTI DURGA TEMPLE at 55 Clarey Ave in Ottawa for:

  4.  

    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. 

    Please note that Ganpati Visarjan will be done at a special time from 5.30 PM to 6.30 PM at Durga Mandir on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

     

    Please join for Aarti every day at 7 PM (Thu - Sat) and on Sunday at 1 PM.

     

    RULES TO FOLLOW:

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    - Wearing a mask is mandatory. Please bring your own mask.

    - Sanitize your hands before entering into the temple.

    - 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 Box.

    - No Langar/ Preetibhoj would be served. 

    - No home-made Prasad or sweets allowed except fruit(s) to bring or serve in the temple.

    - 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 stay home.

    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 risk.

    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.

    Please contact:  

    Mandir Line (613-321-0675):  info@durgatemple.ca 

    Mr. Chander Wadhawan (613-799-3899): president@durgatemple.ca

    Smt. Leena Shukla (613-825-9448):  vpoperations@durgatemple.ca

    Pt. R. N. Pandey (613-228-1305): priest@durgatemple.ca

     Regular Mandir Hours (Open every day)

     Monday to Saturday 6:00 PM to 8 PM,

    Regular 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 DURGA TEMPLE.
     

  5. Please join HINDU TEMPLE at 4835 Bank Street in Ottawa for:

     

     You can access the LIVE Broadcast by clicking to the following

    link: https://www.gotomeet.me/KanwaltalwarGroups/hindutempleottawa

     

     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 in place.
     
    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.
     
    Thank you!
    Executive Committee
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    Dear Devotees
    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. 
    Executive Committee
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    Temple is open from Monday 15th of June 2020.

    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 articles
    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 Mahamandap


    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 pm

    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

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    If 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.

  6. Please join Barrhaven Shiv Shakti Hindu Temple (BSSHT) at 76 Larkin Drive in Ottawa for:

     

     

    For more information, please call Yogesh Sharma (613) 986-2106, email at info@barrhavenshivshaktimandir.ca or visit www.barrhavenshivshaktimandir.ca.

     

  7. Shepherds of Good Hope is held every 2nd Saturday of the month. For details, please contact Virendra Sahni at 613-824-6757 or  SOGHvolunteers@gmail.com.


  8. ARYA SAMAJ Ottawa-Carleton holds HAVAN every 2nd Sunday of the month from 3:30 PM to 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. 

     

  9. 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,

    Gurdwara Sahib is open daily for Darshan and Mattha Tek from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sukhmani Sahib is recited every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
     
    The Sangat is requested again to keep a safe distance of 6 feet while in the Gurdwara Sahib or sitting in the Divan Hall. Please sit at the places marked with green dots. Only the Giani can do Paath and Chaur Seva. At present only they can recite Paath in the Divan Hall. The entire Sangat must remain silent and listen to Gurbani and participate in Ardas. All other weekly programs and Guru ka Langar are still on hold.
     
    It is further requested that you only come to Gurdwara Sahib when you feel fully healthy and limit your visit to Divan Hall. You may use washrooms if needed but avoid going to other parts of Gurdwara Sahib building. If there is a need to talk to Giani ji please talk to them on phone or call them outside.
     
    For more information, please visit www.ottawasikhsociety.com or call 613-225-8280.

     
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  10. Here is Communique from ICCC for June, 2020:

     

    ICCC Communique #17 (June 2020)
     
    Purpose: 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”, and 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” monthly e-newsletter.
     
    “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
    (www.icccottawa.org) 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.
     
    OTHER INFORMATION:
    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.

    Kind Regards.

    For and on behalf of the Board of Directors & Program Chairs.

    Kanwal (Ken) Talwar
    President, ICCC
    613-866-5623
    E-mail: president@icccottawa.org
    Website: https://icccottawa.org


  11. 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.   

     

  12.  INDO-CANADIAN COMMUNITY CENTRE (ICCC) activities:

    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 every Thursday

    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    340 - 255 Centrum Boulevard 
    Orleans ON K1E 3X7
    Coordinators: 
    Mr. Adolf James  [Phone:613-233-2255]
    Dr. Ram Sahi [Phone: 613 824 1710]

    Activities planned:

    • Bridge Class 
    • Filmie Music
    • Pranayama/yoga
    • Headline News
    • Poetry

    Regular Meeting at Merivale every Friday
    Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    30 Woodfield Drive
    Nepean ON K2G 3Y5
    Coordinators: 
    Ms. Sudesh Kanda [ Phone: 613 869 0349 ]
    Mr. Satish Bansal [ Phone: 613 226 5461 ]

    • Pranayama:  from 11 AM to 12:00 noon
    • 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:
    http://icccseniors.org/events/

       

  13. 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 register@mukulhindischool.org. <...poster...>

     

  14. 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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