Posts Tagged ‘Diwali’

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.

Community Newsletter

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Please find below the latest Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter, “December 2016 edition”, covering news from October and November 2016.

(To higher quality images, please download the file)

Highlights in this edition include:

A host of Diwali related functions

Celebrating the life of Srila Prabhupada

200k Book Distribution marathon

ISKCON 50th Anniversary event at the Bozar centre in Brussells, and the House of Lords in London

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Diwali celebrated at Number 10

Friday, October 28th, 2016

ISKCON devotees attend Diwali at Number 10

Srutidharma das was invited to the Diwali function at Number 10 Downing Street, the residence of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May MP.

Along with the Prime Minister and other dignitaries such as the Indian High Commissioner Mr Dinesh Patnail, Srutidharma das lit the ceremonial lamp before being invited to say a few words and lead the Diwali prayers.

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He shared three meditations:

  1. Diwali is all about giving to our families, community and our country.
  2. Through forgiveness we can have a new start. The Lord forgives, so who are we not to?

3. Being grateful. With Remembrance Sunday coming up, a day when all those that made the ultimate sacrifice in war are remembered, he asked those present to be grateful for the religious freedom and equal opportunities we share today.

Echoing the Prime Minister’s own words, Srutidharma das added that the fact that the community is celebrating Diwali at the Prime Minister’s home is the symptom of “a fairer Britain.” He then proceeded to recite the first verse of the Sri Isopanisad, the Panca-Tattva mantra and the Hare Krishna mantra.

During the Prime Minister’s Diwali message, she made reference to Srutidharma’s speech and also gave reference to the government funded Avanti Schools Trust, of which ISKCON is the faith affiliate.

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Later the Prime Minister met separately with Shailesh Vara MP and Srutidharma das, in which she recognised Bhaktivedanta Manor as a prominent part of Oliver Dowden MP’s constituency of Hertsmere, and looked forward to the day she can visit.

Jai Nitai das, the Temple President of ISKCON-London said “It’s wonderful, that in celebrating 50 years of ISKCON that today the movement is recognised for its tremendous contribution for the spiritual life of the British people and thus involved to celebrate with the Prime Minister.”

Other ISKCON devotees present at the function included Mahaprabhu das (Head ISKCON European Communications and Chair of the Hindu Forum of Europe), Dhruva-kusa (Head of Pandava Sena), and Braj-vadu dasi of Veda London.

 

Diwali 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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DiwaliSunday 30th October 2016

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.

Diwali Festival & Fireworks Cancelled

Friday, November 6th, 2015

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There will be no Fireworks, Dramas, Stage show or any other festivities.

The Bhaktivedanta Manor Festival Committee has made a decision to cancel the Diwali Festival, including the firework display and other festivities scheduled for Sunday 8th November 2015. An assessment of the car parking facilities was undertaken this morning. The areas of field used for car parking is water-logged, posing safety concerns for the public.

With the expected number of worshippers and vehicles on site, it would be difficult to park cars in the waterlogged field. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment (especially to children) this decision may have caused. We appreciate the firework display is a significant feature of the Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor. However, the safety of the public is paramount, we therefore appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Diwali & Annakuta Festival Appeal

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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My dear Friends & Devotees

Hare Krishna. Please accept my heartfelt best wishes and the blessings of Shree Krishna.

Just a few weeks ago, Bhaktivedanta Manor was transformed into a wonderful festival arena, to celebrate Shree Krishna Janmashtami. Thousands of devotees attended and one comment stood out for me, from Mrs Pattni of Luton, Beds. She wrote: “My experience of the festival,the darshan,watching the plays, philosophy, music, dance presentations, prasad, the immense efforts of volunteers and temple devotees- it’s just simply awesome! There is only one place to be for Janmashtami in the world for me – Hare Krishna Temple Watford.” I hope you made it too and had an enlivening spiritual experience.

Very soon, the very auspicious Kartik or Damodar month will be upon us; a month brimming with festivals including Diwali and Annakuta. Just like the Christmas and New Year sales (where one expects to bag expensive items at giveaway prices) whatever ‘seva’ one does in this period attracts blessings that are magnified a thousand times.

Friends, please try and make a simple vow, to help your spiritual progress. Your sankalpa could be to visit the temple more often, to chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra for 5 mins extra daily, to read scripture daily and to offer incense or a ghee lamp to Krishna regularly.

In appreciation of your committed friendship and generosity please find enclosed this very beautiful A6 soft magnetic blessings card. I am absolutely sure that you will be able to make some space on your fridge door or any metal surface; it will always remind you of Lord Krishna’s grace.

The Festivals of Diwali and Annakuta, will be celebrated on 8 November and 12 November respectively and I am requesting your support. It is an established tradition for ‘thalis’ plates of different sweets and savouries be made and offered to Lord Krishna for his Annakuta festival.

We desire to offer as many thalis of different sweets and savouries for Lord Krishna’s Annakuta as possible. So many of you appreciate taking this opportunity to commemorate the passing away of loved ones, or to celebrate occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.

Please sponsor as many thalis of offerings as you like and indicate clearly the names you would like to place on the thalis. I shall send some Annakuta mahaprasad to your home and the rest will be distributed to all the pilgrims throughout the day.

Thank you for taking the trouble to read this appeal. With your generosity and the blessings of Lord Krishna, it is possible for such festivities to take place at the temple.

I also appeal to you, to give some part of your day in the service of the Lord and make the practice of spiritual culture a part of your daily life. Just keep your attitude of sincere service and without doubt, Krishna will give you the intelligence to serve him nicely. You will undoubtedly experience the change in your heart and your life’s journey.

I remain your servant- if I can be of help to you, please contact me at Pranabandhu@krishnatemple.com.

Happy Diwali and best wishes for the new year.

Yours in the service of Lord Krishna,

Pranabandhu das

 

Diwali Festival

Sunday 8th November 2015
Cultural Programme from 2pm
Grand Fireworks Display at 6.30pm

Govardhan Puja & Annakuta

Thursday 12th November 2015
Annakuta Darshan from 7.30am-7:30pm
Govardhan Puja & Go Puja from 12 noon

 

 

Diwali 2015

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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There will be no Fireworks, Dramas, Stage show or any other festivities.

The Bhaktivedanta Manor Festival Committee has made a decision to cancel the Diwali Festival, including the firework display and other festivities scheduled for Sunday 8th November 2015. An assessment of the car parking facilities was undertaken this morning. The areas of field used for car parking is water-logged, posing safety concerns for the public.

With the expected number of worshippers and vehicles on site, it would be difficult to park cars in the waterlogged field. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment (especially to children) this decision may have caused. We appreciate the firework display is a significant feature of the Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor. However, the safety of the public is paramount, we therefore appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

 

 

 

DiwaliSunday 8th November 2015

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.

November Newsletter

Monday, November 24th, 2014

You can now view the November 2014 edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor newsletter below. (download it to view the photos in higher quality)

The main stories in this edition include:

Festival of Lights Shines Brightly (the Manor’s Diwali festival)

Russell Brand’s special order

Monthly Retreats

College of Vedic Studies

Remembering Our Founder

Sewa Day 2014

 

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Diwali 2014

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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DiwaliSunday 26th October 2014

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 cars outside of the manor grounds (there is always sufficient car parking) and walk to the temple under any circumstances as this:

  • Causes danger to pedestrians as you have to walk across the traffic that is coming into the manor
  • Creates blockages in the narrow lanes outside which means emergency vehicles cannot pass through
  • Generates very bad congestion and issues for the villagers who live next door to us
  • Means cars that are parked outside of the temple may be liable to be removed by the authorities

Immediately after the fireworks display there will be Dharshan, prasadam served in the tent and a play by the Bhaktivedanta players will be performed.
We advise waiting for a while after the fireworks to avoid being caught in traffic at the same time.

Diwali In London is Launched

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

 

On 2nd October, the Diwali in London (DIL) Committee brought some light to the pending winter with its launch event hosted by this years chair Ameet Aggarwal from The Art of Living Foundation at the Watford Langley,  for the Mayor of London’s Diwali Festival.  Organised in partnership with the DIL committee,  the huge event takes place on 27th October in London’s famous Trafalgar Square. ISKCON have been involved since the inception of the event over 12 years ago, which has now grown to a key event in the Square’s calender.

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There were over 200 influential members of the organising committee who attended the launch event alongside chief guest Mr Pritam Lal, First Secretary (Coord), High Commission of India. The launch was attended by Srutidharma Das – Temple President, Gauri Das – Executive Secretary for ISKCON and Dilip Patel – Chairman of Trustees. The evening commenced with the inaugural lighting of the peace lamp creating a solid foundation for the event taking place at the end of the month in Trafalgar Square.

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Diwali in Trafalgar Square. The packed line-up of free entertainment includes the best contemporary music and dance from community groups and professional artists. There’ll also be stalls selling delicious food and drinks plus a range of activities for children. To find out more please visit the www.diwaliinlondon.com.