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An audience with the Queen

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

On Wednesday 14 February, Sruti Dharma das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor, joined 1000 dignitaries from across the British Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace. 

He was then invited to have a private audience with the Queen and other members of the Royal family.

Upon meeting Her Majesty, he discussed her visit to the Krishna Avanti School in 2015, which she remembered well. She also confirmed that the tapestry of Lord Chaitanya gifted to her hung on one of the walls of the Palace. 


Sruti Dharma then spoke to Prince Charles about all the activities at Bhaktivedanta Manor, especially organic farming and its reliance on ox-power. The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, was particularly impressed with the humanitarian work of ISKCON. 

Further meetings were with Prime Minister Theresa May and the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Boris recalled his student days when he used to visit the ISKCON-London temple. He would go there for a vegetarian lunch and simultaneously learn about the Hare Krishna mantra. Boris then requested for some prashadam (temple cooking) to be delivered to him at Parliament, and for Sailesh Vara MP to help him organise a special visit to the Manor.

2011-2012 Highlights

Friday, August 17th, 2012
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May 2012 Newsletter

Monday, June 11th, 2012


The leading articles in this Newsletter  include:

The Queen visits the Krishna Avanti School

European Communications – a report from Belgium

Leap: A Remarkable Documentary about Faith- – featuring Radhanath Swami and Keshava Madhava das

Feeding of the 5000 in Bristol

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Service

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Srutidharma das and Radha Mohan das represented Bhaktivedanta Manor and the wider Hindu community at the Service of Thanksgiving for the County of Hertfordshire to Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

Faith leaders and representatives from across the County took part in a grand procession through the aisles of the historical St Albans Cathedral, where the event took place. The Countess of Verulam, the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and many other dignitaries were also present.


Faith representatives' group shot inside Cathedral


Faith representatives await the sermon praising The Queen


Faith representatives sing hymns

Faith representatives gather outside after the Service




March 2012 Newsletter

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Leading articles in this Newsletter include:

The Golder Avatar (Gaura Purnima festival)

A Royal Engagement (head brahmacari meets the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury)

Solar Panels for New Gokul farm

Holi festival photo fun!

A letter from the Campaign Chair of the Vedic Planetarium, Mayapur


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The Queen visits the Krishna Avanti School

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The Queen and Prince Philip enjoyed an eclectic mix of music and dance during their Diamond Jubilee tour of Krishna Avanti School on Thursday 29th March.

Crowds lined up along Camrose Avenue, Harrow, to catch a glimpse and as the Queen arrived the children could barely contain their excitement. Once inside she was escorted throughout by Nitesh Gor, one of the Directors of the Avanti Schools Trust, through spectacular song and dance displays by local children and adults. Children representing every school in the borough were invited to take part in the day’s events.

Inside the main hall which contains the deities of Krishna Balaram, Krishna Avanti School children sang Sri Krishna Caitanya, a Vaishnava song written by Narottam Das Thakur, followed by the Hare Krishna mantra. The Queen particularly appreciated the devotional music.


Then the Queen unveiled a beautiful tapestry which depicted Caitanya Mahaprabhu dancing in Jarikhanda forest with the animals, a gift from the School to Buckingham Palace.

Srutidharma das explained to the Queen that Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught a philosophy that is “beyond all material designations and differences, and that through singing and dancing we should surrender our hearts to God”.

The children also recited a verse from the Siksastaka which included a translation, explaining that “in order to have peace and prosperity in society we need to imbibe three qualities: humility, tolerance and respect for all others”. Srutidharma das explained that the Krishna Avanti School is based on these values, and the Queen responded “Isn’t that wonderful!”


A Royal Meeting

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

On 15th February Sutapa das brahmacari from Bhaktivedanta Manor had the opportunity to meet Her Majesty The Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury. A multi-faith reception was held at Lambeth Palace; one of the first public engagements to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. The event was attended by representatives from the Christian, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities. It was an opportunity to pay tribute to the spiritual contribution of all religions in the UK, and to show continued support for the free practice of faith in the country.


The Queen expressed how spiritual traditions provide critical guidance for the way we live our lives, and for the way in which we treat each other. She underlined how the lives of great teachers remind us of the responsibilities we have beyond ourselves. As Sutapa das spoke to the leaders of various denominations, our discussions revolved around making spirituality applicable and dynamic in the modern context. In an age of growing secularism, there are doubts about the necessity of spirituality as an integral part of a vibrant society.

Amidst a tide of skepticism, spiritual practitioners have an incredible responsibility to share their teachings with greater acumen and astuteness. Through rationality, logic and common sense, they have to reveal the synthesis between science and spirituality, and firmly establish that metaphysical phenomena can be grounded in reason and argument. Through cooperation, appreciation and loving relationships, they have to demonstrate that genuine spirituality builds bridges, serves society in times of need, and promotes peace and unity. Through sagacity and dialogue, ancient traditions must offer cutting edge spiritual solutions to the problems of the modern world – solutions which are universally applicable, long lasting and free from detrimental side effects. Most essential, is to educate and inspire people to recognize that spirituality is more than a Sunday ritual, but rather an offer of worldviews, values, and spiritual practices which drive our daily functioning and journey within this world.