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Opening for Private Worship

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Hare Krishna

We are pleased to be announcing that Bhaktivedanta Manor will be opening for Private worship from the 29th of June. Details of the opening will be shared in the near future.

While the Government has given the go ahead for places of worship to open from the 15th of June we are taking an extra two weeks to ensure the safety of our community.

Thank you for your patience. 


Public Service Announcement

Saturday, February 29th, 2020


The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk of coronavirus in the UK from low to moderate. Bhaktivedanta Manor  is currently open; however regard will be had to the most recent and up-to-date medical advice available, including updates provided by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE). The approach taken by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) with respect to Coronavirus will be measured and proportionate to the risks identified. We are regularly monitoring the risks and the potential impact this may have on worshippers or visitors to our Temples.


Places at higher risk of coronavirus are: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy – only northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel, Thailand, Vietnam.

Returning travellers must stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if they have travelled to the UK from:

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy, or special care zones in South Korea, since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
  • Other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next. In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. In Northern Ireland call 0300 200 7885.

NOTE: ISKCON Temples are public places of worship, if you a returning traveller from the above-mentioned countries and are experiencing any of the symptoms, even mild, or have been asked to self-isolate, do not visit the Temple under any circumstance.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs

There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel
  • Try to void close contact with people who are unwell
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Further Guidance

Please keep updated via the following links:  

“Chasing Rhinos with the Swami” volume 2

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

In October 1970, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami arrived in India with twenty of his Western disciples to re-ignite the dying flames of Krishna consciousness in the land of its ancient origin. Srila Prabhupada and his young disciples were an immediate national sensation. In less than eighteen months, Prabhupada established ISKCON as a major spiritual force in India, laying the foundations for three huge temples and a dozen centers across the land.

In June 1971, Shyamasundar das became Prabhupada’s personal secretary and for the next two years traveled with him around the globe—the eye-witness to Prabhupada’s incredible achievements. Now, at last, here are Shyamasundar’s stories, with 180 photos, describing in well-researched and intimate detail this most exciting episode in Prabhupada’s amazing journey.

Words from the Author:

“You’ve waited a long time for Volume Two, but I wanted to make it perfect for you! After years of intense research, sorting through nearly 40,000 photos,Volume Two is finally ready!

My ardent prayer is that you will relish Prabhupada’s thrilling adventures as much as I have enjoyed chronicling them for you!”



Sunday, November 24th, 2019

This year is a very special one, because it marks the 50th Anniversary of The International Society for Krishna Consciounsess (ISKCON) in the UK. In observance of this, there has already been a variety of special events.

Recently. devotees from across the England were eager to grab themselves a copy of Chasing Rhinos with the Swami volume 2, by Shyamasundar das. As one of the key pioneers for ISKCON in the UK, he was invited to Bhaktivedanta Manor, Glastonbury Town Hall, ISKCON Leicester, ISKCON Birmingham, East London, ISKCON-London and the Krishna Spectacular show in the Hammersmith Apollo to sign and distribute hundreds of copies for eager readers.

Chasing Rhinos with the Swami volume 2 recounts Shyamasunder’s memories of ISKCON’s initial impact and growth in India, supervised by Srila Prabhupada who was assisted by his early disciples from around the world. Volume 2 follows on from volume 1, which narrates Shyamasunder’s first encounter with Srila Prabhupada, the establishment of ISKCON in San Francisco, the very early days of ISKCON in London and his ongoing relationship George Harrison and John Lennon.

For more information:

On November 24th, the UK ISKCON devotees celebrated their 50th Anniversary in grandeaur at the famous Apollo Theater in downtown London. The show brought together performing arts from East and West, theatrical acrobatics, live music and sacred song, immersive mantra choir experience, award-winning dance and incredible 3D visuals.

It will be followed by a week of celebrations at ISKCON London temple (9/10 Soho Street), with kirtan, drama and remembrances of ISKCON UK pioneers Shyamasunder, Malati and Guru das. Please see below posters for more details:

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:

Free Bus Service to Temple

Friday, August 9th, 2019

We are happy to announce a Bus service on Sundays to Bhaktivedanta Manor from Stanmore station.

This Service is sponsored by Olympia transport limited

Pick ups from Stanmore station:
Every Sunday at 11.30am

…and leave Bhaktivedanta Manor at 2.30pm to return

 Important notes:
You are required to book your free ticket in advance. Please text the below devotees your name and number of tickets required at least 2 hours in advance. 
You are required to reach on time in order to take this service.
The passenger is responsible to make his/ her own way in case of missing the minibus.
This service is free of charge but we request you to make a donation to help with the consistency of the service.
To book your seat, please contact Veera Mataji on 07508322172




Initiiation Policy Update

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We hope you will find the new Initiation Procedures & Standards Policy more informative and fairer. The standards have been revised and separated into two categories; essential and desirable, making them more realistically achievable.

Devotees who feel they are ready for first or second initiation, email the information requested below to 

1) your legal name and, if applicable, your spiritual name

2) your contact telephone no.

3) whether you are desiring first or second initiation

4) name of your Sanga/Bhakti Vriksha/Nama Hatta leader

5) name of your mentor

The new Initiation Procedures & Standards Policy will apply to ALL devotees from 01/01/14.  In all cases, any letters of recommendation for initiation will be valid for a period of one year only. Devotees are therefore strongly advised that they as soon as possible:

  • read through the new policy
  • register with the Mentorship System
  • begin following the procedures and standards as set out in the new policy

See below to view the Initiation Procedures & Standards Policy. We request all devotees to carefully read through the policy as it is very likely that it will affect you at some stage in your Krishna conscious journey whether you aspire for initiation in the future, or whether you are already initiated and are guiding someone else.

ISKCON UK Initiation Policy March 2019

your servants,

Bhaktivedanta Manor Initiation Committee


Fire in Goshalla Hay Barn

Friday, September 21st, 2018

We are glad to announce that the Temple is now open again for regular worship.

The Goshala (farm) is also open. The hay barn has been completely destroyed and fire fighters are onsite as the last remains of the fire burn out.

The main building of the Goshala, as well as the large barn and workshop areas, remain undamaged by the fire. No one was harmed and all the cows are safe.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

We are incredibly grateful to the fire services for their speedy response and clear expertise and bravery in tackling the blaze. They have been both vigilant, courageous and extremely well mannered.

We are also deeply grateful to an off duty police officer and two other lads, one with an English three lions tattoo on his upper arm, for jumping into action with a take charge attitude in clearing buildings and securing the site. They just happened to be visiting the farm and we do hope to track them down for an official community thank you.

We have lost a barn to a fire. It is devastating and we remain somewhat still in shock. However we are full of thanks to Lord Krishna in our prayers that all are safe and we will rebuild our barn.




Haveli construction work

Sunday, March 4th, 2018
As construction work of the Shree Krishna Haveli continues, there will be minimal impact to the temple, which remains open as per usual timings. 
However, there are some minor inconveniences:
Radharani’s Bakery has been relocated.
The Playground is closed and will remain so until the Haveli completion next year.
Tulsi houses have been relocated and darshana is now available. 
The driveway has been altered to facilitate construction. All car-parking remains the same.
Apologies for the Inconvenience
Learn more about how you can support the completion of the Haveli project: 

UK Premier: “The Joy of Devotion”

Saturday, December 24th, 2016


There will be a UK Premiere screening of “The Joy of Devotion” documentary on the evening of Thursday 5th January, from 6pm, at the Camden Centre in London. The film was produced in honour of ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary.

 Organisers are honoured to confirm that HH Sivaram Swami will be the guest of honour, together with various other Prabhupada disciples.

This event is a collaboration between ISKCON-London and Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am Saturday 24th December at:

Only £10 (includes snacks and gifts)

Book now to avoid disappointment!