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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

 

Diwali 2018

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

DiwaliSunday 4th November 2018

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 6.30pm that will have every face turned towards the skies.

3:00pm Cultural show begins
6:30pm 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

Bus Service from Stanmore

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.

Kartik 2018

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

The Kartik month starts on the 24th of October 2018 and runs for four weeks till 22nd of November 2018.

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 25th October. Those who make a Kartik-vrata (vow) should start on the 24th of October. The vrata is concluded on the full moon (Purnima) on 22nd November. In ISKCON temples around the world it is customary to sing Damodara-Astakam and to offer candles to Lord Krishna during this period.

Dusshera 2018

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Sunday 21st October 2018
Cultural programme from 4:00 – 8:00pm
Burning of Ravana: 6:00 pm

Dusshera is celebrated in with great enthusiasm and excitement at Bhaktivedanta Manor with many expected to join us in the festivities.

The word Dusshera comes from the word `dus` meaning `ten’ and `hara`, meaning `annihilated`, referring to the destruction of the ten-headed Ravana. As explained in the above video clip, the festival marks the victory of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Rama, over this demonic king and the subsequent rescue of Lord Rama’s wife Sita.

This pastime appears in the great epic Ramayana, which will be enacted by the temple’s youth group, Pandava Sena. At the drama’s climax, with the final arrow shot by Lord Rama, a huge effigy of Ravana will burst into flames. As it is reduced to ashes and the smoke bellows, spectators are reminded not succumb to the dictates of lust, anger, greed and envy.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Shraddha Period

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Monday 24th September – Monday 8th October

Sraddha 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 Shraddh 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 24th September until the 8th October inclusive.

The Shraddh 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 Shraddh 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 Sraddha

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

Social Media Course

Monday, May 7th, 2018

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE: BOOK NOW!

Social Media course 

Following on from the tremendous success of last year’s course on National Communications Day, Avelo Roy (Ajita Das) returns to share the latest cutting-edge tips and tricks of Social Media!

Whether you are serving in ISKCON, an entrepreneur, curious or wanting brush up your skills…this course is just for you!

The award winning, world class young entrepreneur will be flying in from India to facilitate an interactive, fun, thought-provoking and engaging day.

 

At Bhaktivedanta Manor

Goshalla (Gaura) classroom

10am – 6pm

Saturday 19th May 2018

   

£35 for the day (includes full lunch)

Book and pay to reserve your place NOW:

Book your place here via College website page 

(PayPal link at bottom of their page)

For attendees also wanting a one-hour personal consultation with Avelo: £50 altogether (arrangements will be made on the day)

Course content:

1) Why to Wow – Understanding why people should care about your cause and creating the “wow” factor around it

2) “Science of Persuasion” and its use in creating content for social media

3) Creating impressions everyday: Instagram stories and Facebook stories

4) Video marketing & the art of story telling

5) Paid ads & influencer marketing to target and attract potential seekers

6) Build-test-learn (Analytics)

7) An artificial Intelligence platform that will fill your festivals and events. 

 

For inquiries, email: Radha.mohan@krishnatemple.com

Gaura Purnima 2018

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Schedule for Thursday 1st March

Morning programme

3:30 am Beginning of 24 Hour Kirtan

4:30 am Mangal Arati

5:15 am Recitation of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Sikshastakam

7:00 am Guru Puja

7:50 am Skit ‘’Advent of Visvambhar’’ by Bhaktivedanta Players

8:15 am Song performance by Bhaktivedanta Gurukula

8:30 am Special Class by HH Chandramauli Swami and HG Sruti Dharma Das

10:20 am Continuation of 24 Hour Kirtan in the temple room

10:30 am Coaches leaving for London Harinam Kirtan

Evening Program in the Tent

3:45 pm Kirtan start

4:00 pm Words of welcome and Introduction to Gaura Purnima Festival by  HG Srutidharma Das

4:25 pm Special Song performance by HG Visvambhara Das

4:30 pm Drama ‘’Age of Kali’’ by Bhaktivedanta Players

5:20 pm Abhiseka

6:15 pm 108 Bhoga offering

6:30 pm Holika bonfire Near Goshalla – (Due to the extreme weather conditions, Holika bonfire on Thursday 1st March will be cancelled.)

7:00 pm Gaura Arati

7:30 pm Feast

Note: There will be no colours (Rang mela) at the Gaura Purnima / Holi Festival this year.

Events at Krishna Wisdom – Hare Krishna Temple, Watford

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Feel like you want to experience something a bit more than the everyday ordinary?

Enter a world where every day is a new adventure into the spiritual realm!

You can always pop into your local Krishna Temple to catch a glimpse of how seekers of spirituality have been leading a spiritual lifestyle where day to day activities transform into a spiritual experience. And what’s more? Now you can even join in and celebrate with us! Here are a few events we host for everyone who want to fan that spiritual spark:

  • Mind Body Soul, Wednesday evenings 6.30pm, Meditation rooms 1st floor: An evening of mantra chants and meditation, soulful music, spiritual wisdom, great company and a delicious meal to finish off.
  • Yoga Retreats, Saturday once a month: A wholesome spiritual five a day retreat – Yoga for the body, Mantra meditation for the soul, Delicious meal for the tummy, Drumming and mindfulness for the mind, and Spiritual wisdom for a balanced lifestyle.
  • Music and Meditation, Saturday once a month: An evening of music, mantra chants and meditation, stories, comedy, drama, quiz and a meal. Come and share the love!

Wanna know more?

Just come along on a Wednesday evening, or if you have queries contact us via this form and we’ll get back to you.

You can view our privacy notice HERE

All events held at

Bhaktivedanta Manor
Hilfield Lane
Watford – WD25 8EZ

For SatNav use postcode WD25 8HE. For travel directions, click HERE

Diwali 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

DiwaliSunday 22nd October 2017

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 Hindus is derived from the epic Ramayana, but the festival also marks the traditional New Year’s Eve.

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 6.30pm that will have every face turned towards the skies.

3:00pm Cultural show begins
6:30pm 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

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.