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Purusottama Month

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

This Friday 18th September marks the first day of the holy month of Purushottama.

Purushottam Maas or Adhik Maas is an extra month that occurs once every three years.

It is said that when the personification of this extra month first entered the universe, as an outsider he appealed to the Lord for shelter. The Padma Purana recounts Lord Krishna’s response:

“I shall make this extra month just like Me in quality, fame, opulence, realization, success, and in giving benediction to the devotees. This month will become equally potent as Myself. I am bestowing all of My divine qualities into this month. Named after Me, this month will be famous throughout this world…Just by observing this month and becoming a devotee one can easily cross over this material ocean and return back to Godhead.”

Therefore during the Purushottama month devotees are encouraged to chant extra rounds, increase their study of Srila Prabhupada’s books and perform pious activities such as fasting or giving in charity.  Visiting holy places is also an important feature, and you are encouraged to visit the temple: 

Book your visit today.

Please note that at present you can:

  • Take Darshan and offer prayers in the temple room. 
  • Visit New Gokul Farm and feed the cows. 
  • Get a takeaway from Radharanis Cafe.
  • Shop at Krishnas Gift Shop. 
  • Sundays Free Hot Prasad will served between 1pm-4pm to take home. (mahaprasad is available at all other times)

As the threat of the virus subsides and when we receive further government advice, we’ll be opening more temple facilities.

Book a ticket

To limit the number of individuals on site at any one time, we’re implementing a ticketing system. Please book a free ticket at: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/individual-worship-at-bhaktivedanta-manor-tickets-108659345026

If you need help with booking or are having issues or queries, contact us at darshan@krishnatemple.com or phone / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925 between 10am and 1pm.

Shraddha

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

2nd September until the 16th September

Shraddha is a time for expressing our love and gratitude to our departed family members by making offerings to help them on their onward journey.

Shraddha lasts for one fortnight from the beginning of the lunar month of Ashwin, which this years falls from the 2nd September until the 16th September inclusive.

Ceremony at Bhaktivedanta Manor

There will be daily Shraddha ceremonies at the temple starting at 5:00pm.

The ceremony will be led by a priest consisting of

Sankalpa, Pitri Tarpana (offering of Water to ancestors ) & Go Puja / feeding of the cows.

Please book in advance as we have limited places.

Book Shraddha Puja

If you have any queries, contact us at bmf@krishnatemple.com or phone 01923 851008.

If you are not sure of the day that shraddha should be performed for your family member, you can contact our priests on 

07907809006 / 07868709259 

or use an online Shraddha tithi calculator 

Visiting the temple during Shraddha

Please note that at present you can:

  • Take Darshan and offer prayers in the temple room. 
  • Visit New Gokul Farm and feed the cows. 
  • Get a takeaway from Radharanis Cafe.
  • Shop at Krishnas Gift Shop. 

As the threat of the virus subsides and when we receive further government advice, we’ll be opening more temple facilities.

To limit the number of individuals on site at any one time, we’re implementing a ticketing system. Please book a free ticket at: 

Book A Ticket

If you need help with booking or are having issues or queries, contact us at darshan@krishnatemple.com or phone / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925 between 10am and 1pm.

Donations for Shraddha

Go Seva

Prasad Seva

Murti Seva

 

Nitya Seva

 

You can also chose to bring the following items for shraddha

Things that are needed

  • Butter Ghee
  • Butter (salted/unsalted)
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Nuts (Cashews, Pistachios, Walnuts, Flaked Almonds, Peanuts)
  • Besan / Gram Flour
  • Himalayan / Pink Salt
  • Sugar (White, Caster, soft brown, Icing (do not bring silver spoon))
  • Dals (Toor, Mung, Yellow Mung, Split Mung, Chana)
  • Spices (Haldi, Fennel seeds, Jira, Mustard, )
  • Semolina (Coarse)
  • Saffron
  • Milk Powder

Do not Bring

  • Milk
  • Fresh Vegetables & fruits
  • Masoor Dal 

What is shraddha

More information on shraddha

 

Radhashtami

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
Radhashtami is the appearance of Srimati Radharani. She is the divine female energy of Lord Krishna, His loving potency, which He is all attracted by. Srimati Radharani is the queen of Lord Krishna’s heart and the queen of all living entities. She is Lord Krishna’s eternal love and His dearmost devotee, exemplifying the standard of excellence of love and devotion towards Krishna. Devotees fast till noon on this day, followed by a feast in Her honour.
 
 
Darshan Times
10:30 am – 1:00pm
4:30pm – 7:00pm
 
 

ONLINE schedule for Radhashtami

 

Join the celebrations at home

via manor.media or mayapur.tv
 

Make a promise to Krishna

Friday, August 14th, 2020

When Krishna appeared over 5000 years ago His most valuable gift was the Bhagavad-gita.

In 700 beautiful verses the Bhagavad-gita summarises the secrets to life, the universe and everything. It covers topics ranging from religion to relationships, science to sociology, leadership to lifestyle management. Most importantly, it enlightens us as to how we can find true happiness through connection with God. In every generation, over thousands of years, it has provided unceasing inspiration to thinkers, leaders, and spiritualists alike.

Make a vow on Janmashtami 2020 to learn this wisdom!

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, The School of Bhakti hosts a variety of courses which will help you learn, understand, and apply the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita in your daily life.

Join one of the popular courses and see your life transform!

Learn the Gita in 3 Hours

Janmashtami Appeal

Friday, July 17th, 2020

In adherence with Government guidelines, this year’s Janmashtami Utsav will be simpler, focusing on giving everyone the opportunity for darshan of the Lord and prasad. Please come and offer your love and prayers to help the entire planet at this time of great need.

Janmashtami Darshan Utsav will be on Wednesday 12th and Sunday 16th August 2020. To ensure a safe and orderly darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which everyone will need to prebook online for free.

Since the pandemic struck, the temple had to be closed and finance streams for daily needs have reduced dramatically. However, the daily standards of worship which include six aratis and food offerings, daily change of outfits and care of Krishna’s cows has been maintained, despite the challenging situation.

My dear friends, I humbly request you to give generously, for Shree Krishna Janmashtami Utsav and Bhaktivedanta Manor. Giving is an act of devotion, an expression of gratitude for Lord Krishna’s grace and blessings upon us.

Please support this year’s Appeal with your heartfelt contribution.

Donate Securely online at:
https://crm.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=26

Janmashtami at Home

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

The annual celebration of Lord Krishna’s appearance on this earthly planet, is the biggest spiritual festival in the yearly calendar. On this day, millions of devotees flock to temples and festival grounds to see Krishna, worship Him, hear about Him, sing for Him, and absorb their minds in Him! The day begins at 4:30am with the first worship of the day, and culminates with the beautiful final worship at midnight (the exact time that Lord Krishna appeared in the world).

This year we are faced with a global pandemic during this most auspicious festival period. With government regulations in place, we’ll be celebrating Janmashtami in a different way. Devotees of Krishna are always positive – in every difficulty there is an opportunity! This year (along with visiting the temple) you will have the unique opportunity to observe a special Janmashtami celebration in your own home!

Tune in Online

Bhaktivedanta Manor will have its very own Online Janmashtami Festival. Tune in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Virtual Janmashtami Festival 2020  Wednesday 12th August, 12.00pm-12.00am

For schedule and programme visit

Janmashtami Online Festival 2020

For Live Broadcast from temple room

www.manor.media

www.Mayapur.tv

Worship at Home

Every home can be a temple – you can set up a sacred space with deities, pictures, sacred items and books. On Janmashtami day make special decorations around the altar. This creates the mood of festivity and can be particularly fun for the children.

If you have deities of the Lord, you can begin the day by offering a nice plate of sweets when you greet Them in the morning. If you do not have deities you can offer the sweets and a simple worship to a picture of the Lord. Krishna’s picture is non-different from His deity form. You can also offer Krishna a lamp, fragrant incense, and some fruits.

You can bathe the Lord with flower petals. This will really excite the children and keep them enthusiastic in their devotion. Various kinds and colours of flowers can be petaled and offered individually in sprays of colors over Their Lordships.

Fasting & Feasting

Fasting from all foods until midnight is recommended. We should endeavour to follow this injunction but if fasting is too difficult due to health reasons then try to eat only light foods during the day (like non-grain preparations). Krishna will see your sincere endeavour to fulfil the rules and regulations and reciprocate with you accordingly.

Just as you enjoy your favourite preparations on your birthday so too does the Lord. Having said that, His favourite above all others is your love and devotion. You can make a special endeavour in cooking a wonderful feast for Him as you would do for a family member’s birthday. He is a major part of your household so cook for Him as you would for your child, meditating on what He would like. A simple cooking standard would include rice, dhal, chapatis, puris, subjis (vegetable preparations of different variety and flavours), and savouries such as samosas and kachoris, sweets and a drink.

Reading

Srila Prabhupada has kindly provided us with the story of Lord Krishna’s advent and other exciting pastimes in “Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead” or in Srimad Bhagavatam Canto Ten. Reading these pastimes on Janmashtami will greatly benefit us and help us understand the glories of the Lord more deeply.

Read online at www.vedabase.io

Chanting

Chanting and singing the Hare Krishna maha mantra is the essence of our devotion. It is an intimate exchange of love with Lord Krishna, pleasing Him for devotional service unto His lotus feet. Try to chant more than your normal quota and be more attentive being absorbed in loving thoughts of the Lord.

Tune in Online

Bhaktivedanta Manor will have its very own Online Janmashtami Festival. Tune in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Virtual Janmashtami Festival 2020  Wednesday 12th August, 12.00pm-12.00am

For schedule and programme visit

Janmashtami Online Festival 2020

For Live Broadcast from temple room

www.manor.media

www.Mayapur.tv

Gita Promise

When Krishna appeared over 5000 years ago His most valuable gift was the Bhagavad-gita.

In 700 beautiful verses the Bhagavad-gita summarises the secrets to life, the universe and everything. It covers topics ranging from religion to relationships, science to sociology, leadership to lifestyle management. Most importantly, it enlightens us as to how we can find true happiness through connection with God. In every generation, over thousands of years, it has provided unceasing inspiration to thinkers, leaders, and spiritualists alike.

Make a vow on Janmashtami 2020 to learn this wisdom!

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, The School of Bhakti hosts a variety of courses which will help you learn, understand, and apply the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita in your daily life.

Join one of the popular courses and see your life transform!

Learn the Gita in 3 Hours

Visit the Temple

This year’s Janmashtami will be simpler, focusing on giving everyone the opportunity for darshan of the Lord and prasad. Please come and offer your love and prayers to help the entire planet at this time of great need.

To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which everyone will need to prebook online for free

If you need help with booking or are having issues or queries, contact us at darshan@krishnatemple.com or phone / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925 between 10am and 1pm.

KINDLY NOTE:  YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET AND A MASK TO VISIT THE TEMPLE

Rama Navami

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

All glories to Lord Ramacandra on His divine appearance day! 

We wish all of you well and pray you perceive the transcendental blessing of Lord Rama upon you. Please meditate on this wonderful passage from Srila Prabhupada:

“The soldiers Lord Ramacandra recruited in the jungle were all monkeys and did not have proper equipment with which to fight the soldiers of Ravana, for Ravana’s soldiers were equipped with weapons of modern warfare whereas the monkeys could only throw stones, mountain peaks and trees. It was only Lord Ramacandra and Laksmana who shot some arrows. But because the soldiers of Ravana were condemned by the curse of mother Sita, the monkeys were able to kill them simply by throwing stones and trees. There are two kinds of strength — daiva and purusakara. Daiva refers to the strength achieved from the Transcendence, and purusakara refers to the strength organized by one’s own intelligence and power. Transcendental power is always superior to the power of the materialist. Depending on the mercy of the Supreme Lord, one must fight one’s enemies even though one may not be equipped with modern weapons. Therefore Krsna instructed Arjuna, mam anusmara yudhya ca: [Bg. 8.7] “Think of Me and fight.” We should fight our enemy to the best of our ability, but for victory we must depend on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (SB 9.10.20, purport by Srila Prabhupada)

Today our common enemy throughout the world is the coronavirus, which has crossed all boundaries, whether those of nations, religions, castes, creeds, races, or genders. Our government health officials have given us ways to fend this virus off: maintain social distancing, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, disinfect common areas. In the statement above, Srila Prabhupada offers us spiritual guidance for this pandemic namely, to increase our faith in Rama’s mercy by thinking of Him and depending on His shelter. In the final analysis, He is our ultimate protector and He offers us the ultimate protection.

Please join us Online from 7am at Bhaktivedanta Manor for greeting the Deities, guru-puja, and class:

And on this auspicious day please bring your family together (in your home and over the Internet) to hear about the pastimes of Lord Rama, chant His names, and discuss His glories. Temporarily we are separated physically, but through the transcendental potency of hearing and chanting about Lord Rama, we can join our minds and hearts in His service and find solace at His lotus feet.

Spiritual Inspiration

– Online Morning Programme & Aratis – www.manor.media – Special Facebook Live Discussions – www.facebook.com/SoBhakti/ – Books available for reading & inspiration – www.vedabase.io – Online Courses (Launching Soon) – www.schoolofbhakti.com – Live broadcast from ISKCON Centres around the world- www.mayapur.tv

Krishna’s Helpers

Bhaktivedanta Manor is also reaching out to provide practical and spiritual assistance. Please contact our “Krishna’s Helpers” service and we’ll endeavour to mobilise our volunteers to help in whatever way we can. Pass on the message to those in need. (Email: help@krishnatemple.com / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925)

Bhagavad Gita Yajna

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The Bhagavad gita Maha Yajna will be taking place in the Sri Krishna Haveli.

Recite the entire Bhagavad gita… in 5 hours!

Refresh your soul in the company of His Grace Kripamoya das & His Grace Navadvipa Chandra 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 Bhagavad gitas please click here

gita.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk

This will be the first major event to take place in the Sri Krishna Haveli before we get the full handover over the venue in late January. The recital of the Bhagavadgita and the Yajna will take place in the function hall and we will also be serving prasad in the new facility.

It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to see two main halls in use for the first time.

This year there will be no Live Broadcast of the event as the venue is large enough to hold everyone.

The formal opening of the Sri Krishna Haveli will be announced in the new year once the handover is completed.

Launch of Winter Book Marathon

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Every year, from the end of November till the end of December, devotees make a special effort to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books to interested public. 

As part of the launch of this year’s Winter Marathon, Mahatma prabhu will be giving classes in the Manor’s temple room on Sunday 17th November, at 7.45am and 5.30pm. 

If you would like to take part in this important service, in whatever capacity, please contact Divyanama prabhu:

divyanama@krishnatemple.com

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.