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Diwali and Annakut Message

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Message from Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Temple President

Wishing you all the best best during this festive season.
Hare Krishna – – Please stay safe.

Diwali & Annakuta

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Diwali & Annakuta Darshan will be available from Saturday 14th  –  Sunday 15th November 2020.

In adherence with National Lockdown, this year’s Diwali & Anakuta will be simpler, focusing on giving you the opportunity for individual Prayers (Darshan) of the Lord. 

To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a limited ticketed entry system for which you will need to prebook online for free. This system has been working well it has been hailed as being safe and effective, by local authorities and visitors alike. Please book your Diwali & annakuta darshan time and ensure you bring the confirmation with you. 

Book a ticket

Tickets for 14 & 15 are booked now, if anyone cancels they will become available again. Please note temple is open everyday so please select another day

If you need help with booking or are having issues or queries, contact us at info@krishnatemple.com or phone : 01923 851000 between 10am and 1pm.

KINDLY NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO ENTER THE TEMPLE.  PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE TEMPLE WITHOUT A TICKET AND A MASK.

What to expect on arrival

In line with our risk assessment and COVID plan, you and your travelling party will need to:

  1. Show your valid ticket – WITHOUT A VALID TICKET FOR ALL OF YOUR TRAVELLING PARTY YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ENTRY.
    Visitors are to arrive 15 minutes prior to their allocated slot so that checks. can be carried out.
  2. Have your individual temperatures checked with a simple non-touch reader. If anyone in your party exceeds the normal temperature of >37.8c degrees, your party WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ACCESS. If you do not have symptoms and history of contact, you will then proceed to the car park.
  3. For everyone’s safety, please strictly follow the instructions of the car parking team and the darshan queue team at all times. Once parked, please go to the darshan queue where you will be asked to sanitise your hands. We recommend that everyone wears a face mask throughout their visit.
  4. Volunteers will guide you through the darshan queue. At this time we ask that you:
    1. maintain social distancing i.e. a 2 meter gap – the markings on the floor will help you maintain the distance (families can stand together)
    2. do not speak to others who have come / are leaving darshan
    3. in line with government guidance, please refrain from singing 
    4. we ask that you do not pay your obeisances / dandavats to the Deities; rather, fold your hands in respect to Them. Please also avoid touching any surfaces
  5. On your exit, you’ll be offered prasadam and will have an opportunity to donate to the temple. Please do this and then return to your car. Where required access to toilets will be made available.
  6. Finally, please stay within the barrier system and do not attempt to visit other parts of the temple or speak to the residents.

COVID19 checklist

Please complete this checklist every time you visit the temple.

  • If you answer YES to any of the questions then please stay at home
  • If you answer NO to all the questions then please visit the temple.

Today or in the last 14 days…

Do you have/have you had a fever (>37.8c)? Yes / No

Do you have/have you had any of the following new symptoms: cough, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, aches and pains, flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea? Yes / No

Have you tested POSITIVE for COVID19? Yes / No

Has anyone in your household or your contacts had (or does anyone currently have) new : fever, cough, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, aches and pains, flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea? Yes / No

Has anyone in your household or your contacts been tested positive for COVID19? Yes / No

Other notes:

A seasonal message from Visakha Dasi, Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Temple President:

YOU SHOULD ACCESS OUR FRONT GATE VIA THE A41 AND SANDY LANE. PLEASE AVOID DRIVING THROUGH THE LOCAL VILLAGES AND NOTE THAT THERE IS NO ACCESS TO OUR SITE THAT WAY

 

Diwali & Annakuta Appeal

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Please accept my best wishes and the blessings of Lord Shree Krishna. I hope you are well and coping with the second national lockdown, which has brought more challenges, especially for celebrating this year’s Diwali and Annakuta in the temple.  

Normally at this time, lots of  devotees would be happily working in our temple kitchens to prepare many different types of sweets and savouries to offer Shree Krishna for His Annakuta. With the second lockdown in place and in keeping with government guidelines ensuring everyone’s safety, we will have only a small crew of devotees to cook various offerings.

We will strive to make a very beautiful offering for Lord Krishna’s pleasure, but it will be smaller than normal. Your seva is appreciated, and as soon as lockdown conditions have been lifted, the temple will ensure that prasad thalis and your dedications are offered to Lord Krishna for His pleasure. Your donations will also be used for the darshan festival, including providing ready-packed prasad for all the pilgrims who attend. 

Once the lockdown conditions have been lifted, we will post maha prasad to everyone who has sponsored thalis. Of course, I appreciate your seva in every way and if you have any queries, please email: bmf@krishnatemple.com

Even with the national lockdown, the temple remains open for individual prayers (darshan). Please book your visit at www.krishnatemple.com/tickets

Life has changed and may never be quite the same again, yet the peace, hope and strength we find from our spiritual connection with Krishna empowers us to face whatever may come. Shree Giri Govardhana ki jai!

We remain grateful to you for your continued support.

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Kartik 2020

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Submit your Prayer

The auspicious month of Kartik begins – on the 31st of October. During this month, we honour Krishna’s extraordinary loving exchanges with His pure devotees. One such devotee, Yasodamata, forgets that Krishna is God and relates to Him as His mother. When Krishna steals butter and yoghurt, Yasodamata chases and then binds Him. This supremely charming pastime has been remembered, sung about, and honoured through the ages.

Any spiritual activity we do during Kartik is magnified, so it’s an ideal time for us to immerse ourselves in Krishna consciousness. By observing spiritual vows during Kartik we can get the shelter of Srimati Radhika, the Queen of Vrndavan. So we’re all encouraged to increase our chanting of Krishna’s holy names, reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, associating with Krishna’s devotees, and worshipping His all-attractive form of Sri Damodar.

Due to the national lockdown from the 5th of November there will be no offering of candles at the temple. You are all encouraged to carry on offering lamps at home daily for the duration of Kartik.

The temple will still be open for individual prayer please book your visit to take advantage of this special opportunity, and feel your hearts solaced and spiritually nourished by this simple act of devotion.

The Damodarastakam, a series of eight beautiful verses by the great sage Satyavrata Muni is sung daily.

Dusshera 2020

Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Dusshera this year falls on Sunday 25th October. Festivities at Bhaktivedanta Manor were originally planned on this day, but due to government restrictions against the Coronavirus, this year the Ramayan drama by the Pandava Sena and the burning of Ravana’s effigy in the field will not be taking place.

However, we do encourage everyone to book online and come to take darshan of Their Lordships in the Temple room.

Sri Sri Sita Rama Laxman Hanuman at Bhaktivedanta Manor (Dusshera 2017)

Online Programme

Tune in live: https://www.facebook.com/bhaktivedantamanor/live

15.00 Welcome to Dusshera Online 
15.10 Dance – by Neha & Jayna Patel
15.20 Kirtan by Pandava Sena
16.05 Q&A & with Niskinchana das
16.50 Dance
17.00 Kirtan
18.20 Dance 
18.30 Drama By Bhaktivedanta Players – Sita in the Ashoka Grove

We also ask that on this day devotees meditate on the meaning of this festival. When Lord Rama’s arrow destroys the demon Ravana, we remember to free ourselves from the vices represented by his ten heads:

Namely lust, anger, delusion, greed, pride, envy, uncontrolled mind, selfishness, hatred and ego.

The word ‘Dusshera’ is made up of the two ‘dus’ and ‘hara’, where “dus” means ten and ‘hara’ is annihilated. Therefore, if these two words are combined, ‘Dusshera’ stands for the day when the ten evil heads of Ravana were destroyed by Lord Rama. The festival, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil, it is one of the most public Indian festivals.

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.

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