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Bhagavad Gita Yajna

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Recite the entire Bhagavad Gita… in 5 hours!

Refresh your soul in the company of His Grace Kripamoya das & His Grace Navadvipa Chandra das. The entire 700 verses of the Gita will be recited, and chapter summaries will be presented. A fire yajna will be conducted throughout the recitation.

Gita Jayanti offers the opportunity to celebrate the appearance of Bhagavad Gita and to distribute this gem to many others. You are invited to sponsor Bhagavad Gitas and distribute them to your friends, family and colleagues. Alternatively the Temple on your behalf will place them in schools, universities, hospitals or prisons through its various programmes.

To sponsor Gitas please click here

Please note that due to limited space, a maximum of 2 persons per sponsorship can participate in the temple room recitation, (1 person for £51 sponsorship). Additional space will be provided in other rooms equipped with video feeds.

Annakuta – Govardhan Puja

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Monday 28th October 2019

Govardhana Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan. On this day, a hill of sweets is made from food prepared by the devotees, which is then offered to the Deities, and subsequently distributed to everyone. This is known as the “annakuta” ceremony. Cows are honoured as part of the festivities as well.

Celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor

12:00pm Go-Puja in the Goshalla
1:00pm Govardhan Puja

Note: Annakuta Darshan from 7:30am-6:00pm  (darshan will be closed between 5:00am-7:30am)

The story behind Govardhan Puja
The day after Diwali is referred to as Annakuta, or Govardhan Puja. On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) would hold a harvest festival in honor of King Indra, the demigod who provided the rains essential for the harvest.

One day, however, Lord Krishna wanted to teach Indra a lesson. He convinced the inhabitants of Vrindavan to honor Govardhan Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honor the cows and bulls who provided milk and ploughed the lands. Outraged, Indra retaliated with terrifying thunderstorms. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, calmly lifted Govardhan Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhan Hill, providing a giant umbrella to shelter the inhabitants of Vrindavan from the torrential rain. Realizing the futility of his actions, King Indra bowed down before the Lord with folded hands and offered prayers of supplication. In this way, Lord Krishna demonstrated that He is Deva Deva, the lord of the demigods, and that any purpose for which demigods might be worshiped could easily be served by worshiping Him, the cause of all causes.

Several thousand years later, on this same day, Srila Madhavendra Puri established a temple for the self-manifest Gopala Deity on top of Govardhan Hill.

To celebrate this festival, devotees build a replica of Govardhan Hill made of various opulent foods, worship Lord Krishna as the lifter of Govardhan Hill, worship the hill as His incarnation, and worship the cows and bulls who are dear to the Lord.

At the end of the festival, the hill of prasada (sanctified food) is distributed to the public. All Vaishnava temples in India observe this ceremony, and hundreds of people are given prasada according to the capacity of each temple.

Diwali 2019

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Hare Krishna,

On behalf of the Festival Committee (FC) we are taking this opportunity to inform you that we have taken the decision to cancel the Diwali festival that was due to take place on Sunday at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Due to the wet weather in recent weeks and after much deliberation we came to this unfortunate decision as the car parking fields are not in a good state to park vehicles over the weekend. Diwali at Bhaktivedanta Manor is a very popular event and very well attended therefore the requirement of good parking facilities is important, furthermore we have a commitment to the local area of ensuring our public events creates minimal disruption to their everyday lives – this means we make sure all visitors are parking within Bhaktivedanta Manor estate.

One of our priorities is to deliver festivals that provide exceptional visitor experience in a safe environment and ensure that the estate has minimum disruption or damage. On this occasion our assessment has identified the risk to visitor experience and further damage to the fields.

We thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter and let us assure you that we are looking for longer term solutions.

As Diwali is this weekend we are sure many of you will still want to visit the temple on Sunday & Monday. Just to clarify there will be no kirtan and drama tent on Sunday and the fireworks have also been cancelled.

Darshan will be available over the two days however if you are planning to visit – please allow extra time to get to the temple and may we request that all visitors follow the advice and directions of the Car Parking team once you have entered Bhaktivedanta Manor. The volunteers in the parking team as always will try and ensure that everyone is parked as easily and quickly as possible – your patience in this matter is appreciated.

If you are visiting this weekend – we look forward to seeing you. If you have decide that this year you are not planning to come to the temple – then we look forward to seeing you very soon at Bhaktivedanta Manor

Hare Krishna

Happy Diwali…

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.

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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.

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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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.