Hoist saffron flag on houses and celebrate Shri Ram Mahotsav safely to avoid transmission of Coronavirus: VHP
   20-Mar-2020
Welcoming PM Modi's call for self-imposed Janata curfew, VHP said that Hindus should take all necessary precautions as mandated by the government and fight the Corona menace in the interest of the nation.
 
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New Delhi, March 20, 2020 — The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has said that in view of the rising corona virus infection cases in the country and the efforts being made globally to deal with this pandemic, the Hindu society should not take out big processions or chariot parades and trips or hold any such mass events pan-India during Shri Ram Mahotsav which could transmit and circulate the fatal COVID19.
 
The VHP has urged the Hindus to make some necessary changes in the formats and templates of the Sri Ram Mahotsav celebrations scheduled across the country from the coming Varsh-Pratipada (March 25) to Hanuman Jayanti (April 08), in view of the pandemic of novel Corona virus (COVID-19). VHP's Central Secretary General Shri Milind Parande in a statement issued to the media today said that in view of the rising corona virus infection cases in the country and the efforts being made globally to deal with this pandemic, the VHP calls upon the Hindu society that during the pan-India Shri Ram Mahotsav (festival) they should not take out big processions or chariot parades and trips or hold any such mass events that could transmit and circulate the fatal COVID-19.
 
He said that all the Rama devotees should follow cleanliness and hygiene and observe all the healthcare instructions given by the local health authorities. On the occasion of the festival they can gather in their respective houses or nearby temples and chant the 13-letter Vijay Maha-Mantra, i.e., "Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram.' and inspire others to do so. He also urged that the VHP Karyakartas should protect the health of the society along with their own. Apart from this, saffron flags should be hoisted atop all Hindu houses and stickers of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi affixed outside the houses.
 
The VHP Secretary General also said that the construction of the temple on the birthplace of Bhagwan Shri Rama is a reclamation and restoration of India's self-respect, refinement, grace and dignity. We must also remember the lakhs of Hindu brethren who sacrificed their lives and made continuous efforts for the liberation of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi during the last five centuries.
 
VHP welcomes Prime Minister's call
 
Saluting the medical fraternity and all its partners for fighting the pandemic day and night on war-footing all over the country, Shri Parande also said that the VHP wholeheartedly welcomes Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's address to the nation yesterday. VHP at the same time also calls upon all the people to follow the life-saving advice literally.
 
Whether it is self-imposed Janata curfew (people's curfew) or social distancing, the matter of senior citizens and children not getting out of house, or to make a collective clapping/applause for five minutes at 5 pm on 22nd March for those fighting the COVID-19, let us all along with our families and society, participate in it and spread awareness about the global crisis, says the press statement issued by the VHP.