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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.

Newsletter July 2019 online

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

You can view the ‘July 2019’ edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter here:

It is a downloadable PDF file. 

JULY 2019 BHAKTIVEDANTA MANOR NEWSLETTER

Contents include:

London Chariot Festival ……………………………………..4
First ever Watford Chariot Festival…………………………5
Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Expo…………………………..6
Krishna Festival at Tetbury School and in Canterbury…6
Cambridge Strawberry Fair…………………………………6
Glastonbury…………………………………………………….7
“Live to Give” with Vaisesika das…………………………..7
Cancer well-being retreat 2019 …………………………..8
Gratitude shows gratitude to local company……………8
Walking for Hunger…………………………………………..9
Final lap of a marathon – the long run for Krishna……9
The Sunday Times covers ISKCON………………………10
Skoda commercial features the Gita……………………10
Ladies’ Ashram scriptural degree………………………..11
Organ Donation……………………………………………..11
New school aims to inspire creativity……………………12
Wonderful Worcester………………………………………..13
Willow Smith sings Govindam Prayers………………….13
Improving leadership and management……………….13
Deity Worship Gathering…………………………………..14
Birmingham 24-hour Kirtan ………………………………15
Devotees help host the Radlett Festival…………………15
In the Mood for a local café?……………………………..15
Shree Krishna Haveli project update……………………16
Magistrates Appointment…………………………………..18
New playground featuring Krishna’s pastimes ………18
European Communications Conference……………….19
National Communications Day…………………………..19
Bathing the Lord of the universe………………………….19
Honouring unidentified victims of the Holocaust ……20

 

 

 

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

Sacred Rivers

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Join us for four nights of enlivening talks at Bhaktivedanta Manor.  Bhakti Rasamrita Swami will take us on a journey through some of the sacred rivers of India which have the potency to cleanse our sins and bring us closer to Krishna.

May 28th-31st

7pm-9:30pm

Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple room

 

 

Latest Manor Newsletter

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

You can view the ‘April 2019’ edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter here:

It is a downloadable PDF file. 

APRIL 2019 MANOR NEWSLETTER

Main Stories include: 

Celebrating the Golden Avatar

In honour of Lord Rama

50th anniversary of London’s first Krishna Temple

Shri Krishna Haveli update

The Manor’s resident sannyasi

Mother Isvari passes away

Appointments process reception at Windsor Castle

Watford Football Club

 

Kadamba Kanana Swami

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Community News for the Manor

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

You can view the February 2019 edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter here:

It is a downloadable PDF file. 

FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

Main stories include:

“Record Numbers reach the Doorsteps”

Srila Prabhupada’s Rooms – policy

Shree Krishna Haveli – project update

“Harry Krishna”- the UK’s most popular tabloid’s cover story

“Hero of British Book Distribution” passes away

 

 

Gita Jayanti

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Recite the entire Bhagavad Gita… in 5 hours!

Refresh your soul in the company of His Grace Sutapa das & His Grace Radha Govinda 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.

gita.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk

Manor Newsletter online

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

You can view the latest Bhaktivedanta Manor newsletter online at the link below (as a downloadable PDF file):

http://www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/December-2018_web.pdf

Highlights include:

Diwali Celebrations: Festival of Light Illuminates the Manor

A letter to the community from His Grace Sruti Dharma prabhu

Srila Prabhupada remembered with inspiration and reflection

Book Marathon 2018: “Follow his footsteps, reach the doorsteps”

Over 300 university students inspired by Retreat

Sri Krishna Haveli Update

Community member honoured by the Queen

 

Community Newsletter

Monday, October 8th, 2018

You can view and download the PDF version of the “October 2018” edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter below:

OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

(For higher resolution images, download the PDF file)

Contents:

Celebrating Krishna’s advent ………………………………3

Offering our love to Srila Prabhupada …………………..7

Radharani: the bestower of devotional service ………..8

Thanking the Patrons …………………………………………9

Ratha yatra along Brighton’s promenade …………….10

World Holy Name Festival 2018 ………………………..10

St Bartholomew’s class of 1968 …………………………11

New National Communications Director ……………..11

Strides along the sunny South-east coast ……………..11

The Commission on Religious Education ……………..12

The Bhadra Campaign …………………………………….12

Avanti Nights ………………………………………………..13

The best ever Soul Expressions …………………………..13

Youth convention in Belgium ……………………………..14

Pandava Sena Retreat to Sweden ……………………….15

“Vigilance and bravery” during Hay Barn fire ……….16

Eastbourne …………………………………………………..17

Consciousness in Science …………………………………17

Sri Krishna Haveli project update ……………………….18

The Gita Walk ……………………………………………….20