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Important Notice:

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Shri Krishna Janmashtami festival and the special activities will take place on Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th August, but NOT SATURDAY 24th

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.

Donate Securely online at:
https://crm.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=6

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Govardhan Puja & Annakuta

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Friday 20th October 2017

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

4:30am Mangal Arati
7:30am Deity Greeting
8:00 am Special Class by HG Kripamoya Das
9:30 am Damodarastakam and candles offering
12:00am Go-Puja in the Goshalla
1:00pm Govardhana Hill arrives in the Tent
1:30pm Goverdhan Puja in the Tent
2:15pm Free Vegetarian Meal (Prasadam)

Note: Annakuta Darshan from 7:30am-7:30pm  (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.