ISKCON Temple of Greater Chicago is based in Naperville, a growing suburb of Chicago, Illinois, USA. The temple moved to its current location a few years back and since then, the community has been growing exponentially. Looking at the growth, there is need for a commercial kitchen, community hall along with additional space to conduct different programs for children, youth, devotees and other community members, and thus a new temple construction plan was in motion.

And then COVID came along! While there was initial apprehension about conducting devotional activities in person at the temple, safety became the topmost prerogative. But that only created more opportunities for us to engage with the community. 

The devotees quickly adapted to the new normal which was to do everything online with limited physical presence. The fact that so many senior leaders across ISKCON started delivering lectures online also helped devotees with plenty of spiritual content. 

During such a session, a child asked Romapada Swami as to “Why do devotees have to go through such a thing like COVID?” 

Read more: https://iskconnews.org/thriving-during-the-pandemic-the-story-of-iskcon-naperville-il-usa,7617/

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