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Guided Tours

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Bhaktivedanta Manor is a hive of activity and is always open to new guests as well as regulars. We have the following provisions for guest tours, especially for those visiting for the first time. 

From 11am – 4pm, every day

email: visitors@krishnatemple.com for inquiries about tours. 

Group Bookings

We can take groups up to a maximum of 15 people and booking in advance is required. Schedule includes:

11am – 11.30am: Arrive at Bhaktivedanta Manor

11.30am: Tour

1.30pm: Lunch/ snacks/ visit bakery (as applicable)*

2.15pm: End 

*For lunchtime there are the following options:

i) Group can visit our shop/ bakery 

ii) Tour guides can organise a vegetarian lunch, costing £7 per person

iii) Tour guides can organise some vegetarian snacks and tea, costing £4 per person

Please book via: visitors@krishnatemple.com 

 

Bhaktivedanta Manor: An oasis of spiritual inspiration.

Its lakeside forest walk, colourful gardens, and graceful pastures provide an idyllic setting for a magnificent timbered mansion. See the Victorian interior of the Manor house and hear about the fascinating history of the Hare Krishna movement.

The estate offers retreat to a world of yoga, meditation, sacred music, pure vegetarian food, theatre, seminars, workshops, community schooling, and the dairy farm.

Magnificent Shrine of Krishna
See the hand-carved centrepiece of the temple and community.

George Harrison Garden and Woodland Walk
‘A Garden for George’ – Just one of many delightful spots amidst ten acres of lake walk, woods, and meditation gardens.

Organic Farming
An inspirational project developing a range of home grown vegetables on eight acres using a revived old English ploughing system. A unique feature of the farm is its reliance on ox power instead of tractors.

The country’s largest fully operational organic dairy farm and visitor centre reintroduces a radical approach to farming in the modern world.

Bakery and Gift Shop
Home-baked bread, cakes and savouries are all pure vegetarian and prepared with love and devotion. Various gifts are also available, including books, music, incense and clothing.

A warm welcome awaits you where you can experience a joyful ambiance imbued with constant meditation and prayer.

 

Riddles from the Mahabharata

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Join us for five nights of enlivening Bhagavat Katha at Bhaktivedanta Manor. As the focus of this year at Bhaktivedanta manor is atithi devo bhava, His Grace Gaur Gopal das will enlighten us on the topic “When Krishna come to you”.

April 19th-23rd

7pm-9:30pm

Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple room

 

 

Bhagavat Katha

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Join us for 3 nights of enlivening Bhagavat Katha at Bhaktivedanta Manor. As the focus of this year at Bhaktivedanta manor is atithi devo bhava, His Holiness Bhakti Rasamrita Swami will enlighten us on the topic “When Krishna come to you”.

June 22nd – 24th

7pm-9:30pm

Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple room

 

Bhagavat Katha

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Join us for five nights of enlivening Bhagavat Katha at Bhaktivedanta Manor. As the focus of this year at Bhaktivedanta manor is atithi devo bhava, His Grace Gaur Gopal das will enlighten us on the topic “When Krishna come to you”.

April 19th-23rd

7pm-9:30pm

Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple room

Temple of Vedic Planetarium

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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Lord Nityananda foresaw the manifestation of a glorious temple in Mayapur, and now He is touring the world in order to invite others to make that manifestation a reality. You will be able to receive the moonlike benedictions of Lord Nityananda in the customary form of his Padukas (shoes) along with Lord Nrsimhadeva’s protection in the form of his Satari (helmet). Jananivasa Prabhu (Head Priest Mayapur), Ambarisa Prabhu (TOVP Chairman) and other senior devotees are touring the world sharing the opportunity to contribute towards this signature building of ISKCON.

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Kirtan with Ajamil Prabhu

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Friday 2nd October 7:30pm – 10pm
Saturday 3rd October 7:30pm – 10pm
Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple Room

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Ajamil Prabhu is an internationally renoun kirtan leader from Mayapur.

Altar Renovation Updated

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

As part of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Anniversary Celebrations we will be renovating the Altar of Their Lordships in the Temple room.

The renovation work will commence on Monday 22nd July 2013 and will continue for the next three weeks. Scheduled to be completed on 12th August 2013.

During this time, the Deity Worship  will go on as normal and at the scheduled times.

There will be a temporary Altar in the Temple Room, which will reduce available space.  The Temple Room will remain closed/locked from 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

 

LATEST NEWS ON RENOVATION WORK

With day one completed, the temporary altar was built, temporary lighting installed, the deities were moved successfully, and the altar room sealed from the front and opened from the back. The entire area has been ripped out and the floor is 70% lifted. The heavy drilling should end today.

Jobs for today are clearing the area, wiring, levelling floor, underfloor heating, cleaning and sealing the gold altar. As tomorrow morning Paris Ceramics, a high end specialists in marble and stone floorings, arrive to begin laying the new floor, the area needs to be spick and span for Them.

We are saving what we can of the original mosaic floor that Srila Prabhupada walked on. There is a plan in place for what we will do with it. It was unfortunate that we could not just restore the original floor as the marble tiles had been cemented onto it.

Thank you for you patience during this time of inconvenience.

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George Harrison Garden officially opened

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The George Harrison Memorial Garden was officially opened on Saturday 25th May, with Olivia Harrison and friends, local faith leaders, devotees and television presenters Monty Don and Peter Owen-Jones.

When George passed away on 29th November 2001, the Manor resolved to create a quiet garden in his memory. The shady woodland dell behind the main building was chosen because of George’s fondness for the site.  The Garden is a place set aside for prayer and contemplation to commemorate the friendship between George and the devotees.

The opening began with a sitar recital, played from the centre of the garden. The ambiance from the recital brought calm to the guests facilitating a deeper connection with the garden.

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Then from the main decking area spanned by the lyric of George: ‘Awaken and See’, Olivia shared some inspiring words.

“I am grateful to the devotees for honouring George in the form of a garden. A manifestation in the material world of which he would be very proud.”

“George was not a perfectionist, but he did have the ability to see the potential in gardens, and he did see potential in this dell. Admittedly the creation of this garden has stopped and started a few times, but that just reflects life and the stages we go through in our own journeys.

Monty Don, presenter of the BBC’s ‘Gardeners’ World’ series then spoke about being often approached for solutions to the challenges faced in gardening, in answer to which he believed the ultimate solution was ‘love’, you have to love your garden.

“I am delighted and honoured to open the garden that the public will be able to share George’s great love of gardening and deep spirituality.”

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Speaking on the theme of the garden, Gauri das added:

“’There is a deep spirituality in the lyrics of George Harrison, some through metaphor and others more direct. For us it is a tremendous honour that garden is opened on the 40th Anniversary of Bhaktivedanta Manor”.

With the short speeches complete a tour of the garden began. As the guests arrived at each step, the words of the song in which George had expressed the related sentiments, were read by representatives of different faiths.

When the journey was completed Peter Owen Jones, presenter of the BBC documentary series ‘Around the World in Eighty Faiths’, led everyone in a silent meditation. He encourage that those gathered should all ‘stop and listen’ to the garden.

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Yvonne Innes, the garden’s designer, wrote: “Some of the plants George particularly loved were maples, birch, ferns, grasses, and perennials such as Japanese anemones. Here we have tried to echo George’s planting, using drifts of many of the varieties used at Friar Park…We hope that it will show that George had an eye for planning as much as an ear for music and that the dell garden will become a place of meditation as well as inspiration.”

A special thanks to Sripati das, Ranchor Prime and Richard Sneesby, who worked with Gauri das over many years to see the garden to completion.

View the Garden for George leaflet (as a PDF file), which includes a key to the special places around the garden:

A GARDEN FOR GEORGE

Lecture Itinerary of Garuda das

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

As part of the celebrations observing  the 40th Anniversary of the installation of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda, The College of Vedic Studies presents a special series of lectures and seminars by Garuda das:

Garuda das (Prof Graham Schweig PhD) Garuda daswas the first disciple of Srila Prabhupada to re-enter the academic arena for the sole purpose of establishing Vaishnava thought.   He is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Christopher Newport University, and was a resident fellow of the Centre for the Study of World Religions at Harvard.

 

Saturday 2nd February

Morning class in the Manor Temple room (7.30am – 8.45am)

A LIFE OF DEVOTION ABSORBED IN SCHOLARSHIP:

TKG bookINTRODUCTION TO TAMAL KRISHNA GOSWAMI’S NEW BOOK

This is a short history of scholarship in ISKCON and Goswami’s contribution to it, and Garuda’s relationship with Goswami.

 

Academic Seminar in the Manor Theatre

(3pm – 5pm)

FOUNDATIONS OF A LIVING THEOLOGY:  THE PHILOSOPHICAL LEGACY OF TAMAL KRISHNA GOSWAMI

Some of the most powerful and advanced concepts of Krishna Bhakti theology and their unique contributions to the dialogue with other world religious traditions will be discussed. This seminar is especially suitable for senior devotees and those with an academic background.

Space in the theatre is limited. Book your seat in advance by emailing: devaki@krishnatemple.com

 

Sunday 3rd February

Caitanya Caritamrita Class at the Manor(7.30am – 8.30am)

WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF VAISHNAVISM? THE NEW BOOK OF TAMAL KRISHNA GOSWAMI

Goswami sought to reveal and uncover the profound and the most common themes with which Prabhupada cultivated Krishna Bhakti on foreign soil. How does Goswami do this, and what did he come up with?

 

Sunday Feast Lecture at Soho Street (4.30pm – 5.30pm)

and Q & A’s (6.15pm – 7pm)

 

 

Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi Kirtans

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Nirjala Ekadashi, also known as or Bhim Ekadasi, occurs during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Jyestha (May – June). The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained to Bhima, the second Pandava brother, by sage Vyasa. Hence the Ekadasi is also referred as Pandava or Bhim Ekadasi. This year the ekadasi will be observed on Friday 1st June.

The significance of Nirjala Ekadasi is mentioned in the Mahabharata and Padma Purana. Draupadi and the Pandavas, except for Bhima, used to observe all the Ekadasis. Bhima, who was a voracious eater, could not bear hunger and used to skip the fasting. However, Bhima wanted to find some solution to this. Thus, Vyasadeva explained to him that by following this special nirjala ekadasi (refraining from even water) he would derive the merit of following all ekadasis throughout the year.

On this day, although devotees fast from food and water, they feast on the nectar of Krishna-katha and harinam sankirtan. It is a day to get spiritually recharged by engaging in extra chanting, hearing, remembering, glorifying and service to Lord Krishna.