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Update: COVID Guidelines

Friday, December 10th, 2021

Updated 26th January 2022 (Subject to change at any time)

Face coverings and masks are now optional as per the latest Government Guidelines.

“You will not be required to wear a face covering, but the government suggests you continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.” –

Temple Update: COVID Guidelines

Updated 9th December 2021 (Subject to change at any time)

Bhaktivedanta Manor will carry on functioning as normal, but please be advised that following the latest Government guidelines, masks are now mandatory in all indoor spaces. Please read below for more information. Thank you.

Following the latest guidelines it will be mandatory to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces on the Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate. This includes indoor spaces at New Gokul & the Sri Krishna Haveli.

It is strongly advised that we do take extra precautions and be responsible to a duty of care for ourselves and the multitude of guests that visit Bhaktivedanta Manor

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Visiting Bhaktivedanta Manor

Bookings are not required to visit or worship at Bhaktivedanta Manor on a day-to-day basis. Face Coverings are mandatory in all indoor spaces on the Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate. Including indoor spaces at New Gokul (Farm) & the Sri Krishna Haveli.

Visiting Hours

Monday – Saturday:

10am – 1pm & 4pm – 7:30pm


10am – 7:30pm

Note: Visiting hours are recommended for a full experience including darshan, farm, café, shop, and assistance from devotees. Temple grounds and building will remain open at other times including arati and darshan times.

For more details on arati and darshan times please visit:

Health & Safety / FAQ

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes, face coverings are mandatory in all indoor spaces on the Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate (unless exempt) – If you are eating in the prasadam hall then a mask will not be expected once you are sitting to eat.

Do I need proof of a negative test or a COVID pass?

Regular self LFT testing is encouraged, but no proof of a negative test or COVID pass is required to visit.


We will ensure that all spaces are cleaned regularly, and hand sanitizer is available around the site.

Vulnerable / High-Risk individuals

We advise vulnerable and high-risk individuals to please visit Bhaktivedanta Manor during quieter times, generally on weekdays, for a more spacious and relaxing experience.

Kirtans & Classes

Please continue to wear your mask indoors, during kirtan and classes.

Changes under review

Please note that if government regulations change then the restrictions at Bhaktivedanta Manor will be under review and subject to change. If that happens we’ll post an update, so please regularly check before visiting Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Café / Bakery / Shop

Open during visiting hours (see above)

The Grounds / Playground

Full access to enjoy the temple grounds and gardens will be permitted. The playground for children is also available to use with adult supervision.

Travelling into the country

All travellers arriving into the country from 4am on Tuesday 30 November will be required to take a PCR test on or before day 2 and self-isolate until they have received a negative test result. These PCR tests can be purchased from private providers. Free NHS tests are not valid for this purpose.

Staying in the Ashrama

Any persons wishing to stay on the Ashrama and are travelling from international destinations are to adhere to the guidelines above. Please consult with Ashrama leads in regards to isolation procedures

Contact Us

Please get in touch at if you have any queries.


New service opportunity in ISKCON UK National Office

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Experienced Bookkeeper Needed

Saturday, April 24th, 2021


Experienced Bookkeeper

The GBC National Office is the head office for ISKCON in the UK and the administrative base for the UK GBC Secretary.  Our team work with the Society’s legal and UK wide organisational obligations such as dealing with the Charity Commission, Companies House and HMRC.

We are currently looking for a reliable and highly responsible person to fill the role of experienced bookkeeper at our office in Radlett, Hertfordshire.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake / oversee daily financial processes to enable accounts to be prepared to trial balance.  You will be liaising with charity trustees, management accountants and auditors as well as all the UK centres and temples and assist in standardising and preparing accounts for audit.

The successful candidate will;

  • be qualified to AAT level 3 or equivalent
  • proficient in SAGE 50 accounting software
  • have good command of the English language and strong interpersonal skills
  • ideally have previous experience in a similar role

This is a part time position – up to 21 hours per week and the salary exceeds NMW

The successful applicant will need to be either a UK citizen / passport holder or have an appropriate visa for working in the UK

Closing Date for applications: 21st May 2021

For more information and job description contact:

GBC National Office, Oak House, Radlett, Herts, WD7 8LA

Tel: 01923 856 173


Offering Comfort and Advice

Monday, March 15th, 2021

On this page we are sharing a series short videos to help and inspire us in our spiritual lives:

“Joyful in service and prayer – the essence of bhakti”

“Lord Rama’s devoted monkey warriors”

Please view this beautiful short video made by devotees at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

A lesson from the Ramayan: Strength achieved by transcendence and strength achieved by one’s own endeavour produce different results. Lord Rama’s army of ‘monkeys’ were deeply devoted to Him, thus they were victorious against the sinful Ravana and his well-equipped armies. Today our war is largely an ‘internal’ one. With devotion as our weapon, we must try to overcome the negative qualities as represented by Ravana’s ten heads.

Chanting the Hare Krishna mantra attentively and without offence establishes us in our conditional position as pure, blissful spirit-souls. We are bathed in knowledge and love.

“…When the Supreme Lord reveals Himself to His devotee, there is Self-Realisation. Transcendence is revealed in the heart of the devotee. The Lord comes in the form of transcendental sound, which cleans the material dust from the mirror of the mind…”



Health advice

Bhaktivedanta Manor is proud to have so many of its community members who work in the health profession on all levels. The below set of four videos include a variety of such devotees who, based on their knowledge and experience, offer their professional advise on how best to deal with the current challenges due to the Coronavirus: Physically, mentally and spiritually.

The videos are a collaboration between different health professionals who are part of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s community. The human connection has been a huge part of the yatra and its community are missing the opportunity to connect. Bearing this and the multiple physical challenges posed to devotees in the UK and beyond, they decided to try and reach out in an alternative way by each sharing some advice. Please view and share with others:

Health Advice Part 1: Introduction by Visakha Dasi

Health Advice Part 2: Well-being and mental health

Health Advice Part 3: General Medical advice

Health Advice Part 4: Multi professional advice


Other videos:


“The greatest wealth of this world – true devotee association”

One who takes shelter of Krishna’s true devotees, and sincerely worships Krishna, is never forsaken. We do not find any source of happiness from getting entangled in the ropes of karma in this world. We pray to be engaged in Lord Krishna’s service and likewise we pray for devotee association.

“The potency of devotee association” 

“Those seeking spiritual advancement should seek the association of those who are Krishna Conscious and who are engaging in devotional service…

“The most important department of science – Self-Realisation”

“…The purpose of human life and civilisation is to seek self-realisation. Otherwise, no matter how much material advancement is made, we will never be happy…”

“On the road to recovery with help from the Lord”

“…For many, the current situation continues to be draining: emotionally, mentally and physically. Knowledge however can help restore us…We need to depend on the will of Lord Krishna and also strive to be qualified to receive His mercy by building our personal character…”

“Be happy by following the process of Krishna Consciousness”

Initiated ISKCON devotees make life-long vows to abstain from eating meat, gambling, intoxication and illicit sex. In addition they chant 16 ’rounds’ of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day. One doesn’t have to live as a renunciate, rather, one can get married and take responsibilities for one’s family and society as a whole. This is the formula for happiness.

“Controlling the restless mind”

In 6.34 Bhagavad-gita, Arjuna explains that “…the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it… is more difficult than controlling the wind”.
Arjuna speaks for us all when he describes the troublesome mind. However the easiest way to control the mind, as suggested by Lord Caitanya, is chanting “Hare Krishna,” the great mantra for deliverance, in all humility. The method prescribed is that one must engage one’s mind fully in Krishna. Only then will there remain no other engagements to agitate the mind.

“The Formula for Peace”

This informative piece explains that the formula for peace and prosperity in a nation is to realise everything is for God and by God. A land can be unified by knowing and living according to that principle, irrespective of nationality, race, gender and any other material designation.

“Prasad – Spiritualised Food”

This presentation, both beautiful and informative, explains that ‘prasad’ is the Lord’s mercy and something completely different from ordinary food. When foodstuffs are offered to the Lord according to specific standards and procedure, along with with devotion, it becomes spiritualised. That prasad has a huge purifying effect on all those who consume it

“The Potency of Worshipping the Deity – The Lord we can perceive”

This very beautiful video explains that the standard of Deity worship established by Srila Prabhupada means that They are not mundane statues, but non-different from the omnipresent Lord.


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:

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