The Darshan Procedure

See also: Darshan Etiquette­

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Coming and Going

  • When you come in, put your shoes under your chair together with your bags and jacket.
  • ­ It is recommended to stay until the end of the Darshan. Mother sits at the end for several minutes with us in deep silence. This is a wonderful experience.
  • ­ If you need to leave earlier, please let us know when you come in. When leaving, please do it as silently as possible.

Darshan Procedure

  • People will be called to Darshan row by row, starting from the front row.
  • ­There is a queue in the middle aisle and a shorter queue on the stage.
  • Keep your eyes open when being in the queue.
    • As soon as there is a free place at the stage, move from the middle aisle to the stage queue.
    • When queuing, be aware and always keep moving forward as much as space allows.

Your Personal Darshan

  • As soon as the place in front of Mother is free, move there and lower your head, so that Mother can reach your head with ease.
  • When Mother lets go of your head, lift up your head and look into her eyes. When Mother lowers her head, then your personal Darshan is finished.
  • Stand up immediately, ­ you can use the wooden box for support ­ and take the shortest route back to your seat.
  • If it is physically difficult for you to sit or kneel in the middle aisle, you can walk directly to the stage queue and if necessary, keep standing while queuing there.
  • If you cannot kneel in front of Mother, you can receive Darshan sitting on a chair. If you want this, please talk to a volunteer when you come into the hall.

The Darshan takes place in total silence. We can all help to make this to a pleasant experience for everybody by following these guidelines:

  • mobile phones are switched off.
  • ­no talking or whispering in the hall.
  • no photos or video recordings.
  • no standing in the Darshan hall.
  • every person can only go once to Darshan.
  • FInally, please don’t cross your legs if you are sitting in the front rows.

Thank you. See also: Darshan Etiquette