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Diwali Annakuta & Festival Appeal

Monday, October 14th, 2019

The wonderful period of Diwali & Govardhan Puja is fast approaching, giving all of us an opportunity to experience the festive spirit – sharing, giving and serving others. Simple & genuine acts of service help us to appreciate God’s kindness upon us and our good fortune.
Preparations for the festivals are well underway & we humbly request your help. So many devotees are are happy to have an opportunity to offer sweets and savouries for Lord Krishna’s Annakuta. Thalis are also offered to commemorate the passing away of our loved ones and to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays.
Please take this opportunity for ‘Seva’ – whether you can sponsor 1 or 2 thalis or more, be sure to indicate in whose name they are to be offered. Some Annakuta maha prasad will be sent to your home and the rest will be distributed to all the pilgrims.
We remain grateful to you for your continued support.

Donate Securely online at:

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Diwali 2019

Monday, October 14th, 2019

DiwaliSunday 27th October 2019

Diwali, meaning ‘festival of lights’, is one of the most widely celebrated occasions in the year. Diwali is observed not only by Hindus but also by Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. The central theme for  is derived from the epic Ramayana.

Diwali is celebrated with elaborate firework displays, candles and lamps. Join us at Bhaktivedanta Manor for a colourful stage show with drama and traditional dance and of course, a spectacular fireworks display at 6.45pm that will have every face turned towards the skies.

3:00pm Cultural show begins
6:45pm Grand Fireworks Display
7.00pm Free Vegetarian Meal (Prasadam)
7:30pm Offering of Candles

Note: darshan is available throughout the day from 12 noon until 9.30pm

Bus service 

There will be a bus service from Stanmore Station for Diwali See page for details

Parking advice

Please be aware that we expect significant traffic levels entering and exiting the temple, bear with the volunteers in the car park.

  • Please do not park in roads surrounding the temple there is always plenty of parking available in the temple grounds
  • Parking in the village and surrounding roads creates congestion for entry and exit of vehicles and potential disharmony with the local residents
  • Please note there will be queues entering and exiting the temple at peak hours please plan accordingly – especially after the fireworks display
  • Please listen to and bear with the volunteers at all times

Immediately after the fireworks display there will be Dharshan, prasadam served in the tent .
We advise waiting for a while after the fireworks to avoid being caught in traffic at the same time.

Dusshera 2019

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Dusshera festival cancelled 

This year’s Dusshera Festival for Sunday 13th October has been cancelled, due to too much rain, making our car park and festival fields unusable. The safety of our visitors, and volunteers always comes first.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming you for Diwali on Sunday 27th October.

 

Kartik 2019

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

The Kartik month starts on the 14th of October 2019 and runs for four weeks till 12th of November 2019.

During this time pilgrims come from far and wide to offer a lamp to Mother Yasoda and Lord Krishna. The importance of this month is described extensively in the scriptures, especially in Srila Rupa Goswami’s Mathura Mahatmya.

Every day, devotees come to the Temple and offer a candle or ghee lamp to Lord Damodara. The Damodarastakam, a series of eight beautiful verses by the great sage Satyavrata Muni is sung daily in the morning and evening.

Do join us for this most wonderful celebration Daily.

Morning: 7 AM
Evening: 7 PM (
Sunday at 9 PM)

The Puranas (Vedic histories) extol the month of Kartik as the topmost in the calendar. Lord Krishna’s mercy is very easily accessible in this month and to demonstrate their sincerity devotees accept different austerities such as fasting, cutting down on non-essential activities and offering charity. Worship of Tulsi and serving Lord Krishna’s cows is especially glorified.

The month of Kartik begins on 14th October. Those who make a Kartik-vrata (vow) should start on the 13th of October. The vrata is concluded on the full moon (Purnima) on 12th November. In ISKCON temples around the world it is customary to sing Damodara-Astakam and to offer candles to Lord Krishna during this period.

Celebrating 50 years of ISKCON UK

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Shraddha Period

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

13th September until the 28th September

Shraddha period is a very important time for those with deceased parents and grandparents, as during this period offerings are made to help the soul of the ancestor on its journey. Ancestors are important because we owe them our very existence, so the least we can do is to help them, even though they have disappeared from our sight.

The Shraddha season falls every year at the same time in the lunar calendar. Its date will, however, move around the normal calendar that everyone else uses, the solar calendar. Shraddh lasts for one fortnight from the beginning of the lunar month of Ashwin, which this years falls from the 13th September until the 28th September inclusive.

The Shraddha ceremony is something that everyone is meant to do for anyone in the family that has passed away. When ceremonies are performed for the benefit of our ancestors they are generally known as pitri yajna, and they are one of the major yajnas to be performed each day. While daily yajnas can take the form of simply offering food and water, the Shraddh ceremony is a special observance each year. Since everyone does it, it is easy to remember. In India it is a collective Day of Remembrance in which everyone offers their heartfelt gratitude to the departed loved ones.

Typical activities for Shraddah will vary but in the circles of the devotee community – those who worship Krishna – we offer foods, water and lamps to Krishna and then offer them to photographs of the ancestors. If there is no photo then their names are announced in the sankalpa or declaration of intent at the beginning of the ceremony. A visit to the temple is also advised during this period, to offer our prayers and seek Lord Krishnas blessings. Feeding of the cows at the goshalla is also recommended. When visiting the temple offerings are made of foodstuffs or donations. (please do not donate any more chapati flour as our stocks are overflowing and we have enough to last us a long time.)

Darshan Times

What donations can I make during Shraddha

 

(please do not donate any more chapati flour and rice as our stocks are overflowing and we have enough to last us a long time.)

Getting to the Janmashtami Festival

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Bhaktivedanta Manor’s famous Janmashtami festival will take place on Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th August this year.

We are expecting many pilgrims and guests over these two days. In order to manage the traffic flow and also to cause at least disruption as possible to the local area, please note the following:

The only vehicular festival entrance is via the A41 and then onto Sandy Lane (see image below). 

The best sat nav postcode for that is WD25 8HE. 

However, even if your sat nav tells you otherwise, DO NOT attempt to access the festival through any of the local villages.

NB: Hilfield Lane, Primrose Lane, Aldenham Road and Common Lane will be blocked for festival traffic, so do not attempt to go that way.

Free shuttle service to Janmashtami

Janmashtami Annadan & Festival Appeal

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Lord Krishna appears in this world to display His beautiful pastimes. The occasion of His appearance brings great joy to the hearts of everyone. To mark this auspicious occasion, many wonderful arrangements are being made to celebrate Janmashtami at the Hare Krishna Temple.

Many thousands of pilgrims will be coming to Bhaktivedanta Manor to celebrate this special occasion over the two days. Your devotion and generosity has always made Janmashtami a very significant and jubilant event, touching the lives of thousands of pilgrims.

Please support this year’s Janmashtami festival with your heartfelt contribution. This year, for all contributions of £75.00 or more, you will receive a murti of Baby Krishna on a swing.

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Family Open Day

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

 

The Family Fun Day will give you and your family an incredible experience of activities and fun in the Hare Krishna tradition. It is especially suitable for first-time visitors and newcomers. You will have the opportunity to explore the amazing Bhaktivedanta Manor in a comfortable and friendly environment with lot of activities to take part in.  You will have an opportunity to:

  • Get a tour of the Mock-Tudor mansion gifted by the Beatles FREE
  • Feed the Oxen, Cows and the Calves
  • Go on an Ox-cart ride FREE
  • Try some face-painting
  • Decorate your hands with some Henna designs
  • Discover your future with ancient Indian palm-reading
  • Have some fun on the bouncy castle (kids only)
  • Try some amazing cuisines, snacks and sweets
  • Discover a traditional eastern culture with the Temple and Meditation rooms FREE
  • Learn about the history of the Hare Krishna movement FREE
  • Meet the monks and ask questions FREE
  • Join in with some some yoga and meditation taster sessions FREE
  • Relish a sumptuous veggie lunch FREE

There are many more things to do and we can’t list them all here!

How much do I pay?

Entry the the Family Fun Day is FREE and so are a lot of activities. Some activities require just a small charge to pay for the items used.

Can I just turn up?

Yes, you can! Please do register with the registration gazebo to claim your free access to a lot of activities on site.

Is there free parking?

Yes, and there’s lots of it!

What time is the FREE lunch?

The free lunch is at 2pm.

Can I bring my dog?

Although dogs are generally welcome on lead on the grounds during regular days, we request you not to bring your dog due to the number people present and any concerns they may have.

How long can I spend?

All day if you like. But a tour would take about 20 minutes, and then it depends what activities you want to take part in. We recommend a couple of hours at least to get the full experience!

What time is the yoga?

Three sessions – 11.30 am, 12.30pm, and 1.30pm. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise we’ll have one for you here. Due to the limitation of the size of the rooms, we’ll only be able to take the first 15 yoga enthusiasts!

Cost: FREE (just for you, your friends and family), but you are welcome to make a donation on the day.

 

Ramanavami

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Ramanavami will be celebrated at Bhaktivedanta Manor on
Sunday 14th of April 2019.

The  Ramanavami  celebration observes the birth of Lord Rama, and is one of the most auspicious days in the Vaisnava calendar.  Lord Rama is an incarnation of the Supreme Lord who appeared on this earth several millennia ago.

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, celebrations for Ramanavami include special decorations, drama, discussion of Lord Rama’s pastimes and a harinama chanting procession in a local town.  It is a popular occasion, as Lord Rama is very dear to many devotees.  During His activities while on Earth, Lord Rama demonstrated high moral values and acted as the perfect son, student, brother, husband and King.  His extraordinary adventure is marvellously depicted  in the famous epic The Ramayana.

Highlights on the day

2:00pm- Traditional dance & music performances on stage

4:30pm –  Palanquin Procession – Deities come out to see everyone. 

6:00pm – The Ramayana Drama by the Bhaktivedanta Players

7:00pm – Free Prasadam (food) for everyone

Darshan is available all day from 12:30 pm onwards.

Festival Finishes by 8:00 pm