Archive for the ‘Festivals’ Category

Bhakti Janani – Ekadasi Program

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

Join us Every Ekadasi to chant Krishna’s holy names for your spiritual growth and protection.

Next Programme? Friday 28th January 2022

Over the past year, life has become filled with unexpected challenges. These challenges have come from all directions and affected our bodies, minds and lives in so many ways. When challenges come they test our wit, resilience, adaptability and beliefs. Some we are able to tackle and some we end up surrendering to.  But there is always a silver lining to every cloud.

The scriptures say that a devotee always finds opportunities to connect with Krishna in every situation. With this in mind, Bhaktivedanta Manor is launching a new initiative called Bhakti-Janani – ‘Enlivening our devotion’.

In the next approaching Ekadeshi, Bhakti Janani join us and

  • Extol the Glories of Ekadashi
  • Chant Krishna’s holy names 
  • Worship Nrisimhadeva for protection

This is a wonderful opportunity to receive incredible spiritual benedictions, spiritual protection and spiritual support from Krishna’s holy names, whatever situation we find ourselves in.

Submit Your Prayers

Bhakti Janani seeks that silver lining in all circumstances.  Whether it be challenging or enlivening situations, we welcome you to send in your prayers for every scenario.  These can range from:

  • Remembering the departed
  • Seeking health and recovery
  • Celebrating an occasion like career achievements, birthdays, anniversaries, other landmark events
  • And of course general well-being

Please fill in the Prayer form giving details of your prayers

Submit Your Prayer

Live Broadcast

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhaktivedantamanor/live/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Krishnatemple/live

 

 

 

 

Bhagavad Gita – Competition

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

“If one adopts the principles enunciated in Bhagavad-gita, he can make his life perfect and make a permanent solution to all the problems of life. This is the sum and substance of the entire Bhagavad-gita.” 

– Srila Prabhupada, Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Following on from our success last year, the Bhagavad Gita competition is back.

This is your chance to participate in a drawing and / or a speech competition.

Show off your best artistic skills by drawing something from Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita.

In this chapter, Krishna summarise the contents of the Gita with Arjuna.  Choose a verse or combination of verses and share with us your understanding and imagination.

Can you talk for a minute* on, Journey of the soul. You will need to use your best voice and storytelling skills to share what Krishna has explained about the soul in the Bhagavad Gita

The competition is designed for 3 Age groups – Bala Gopal (0 – 7), Nanda Gopal (8 – 12) and Nanda Kishore (13+). We had many wonderful entries last year and we are hoping you will have a great time this year as well.

Submission deadline: 5th December
Results announced: Kids Gita Jayanti Day – 19th December
Have Fun!

Register for the Competition

 

Competition Rules

Competitor’s must supply full name and email details and comply with all rules to be eligible for the prizes. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.

  1. Entrants must be UK residents.
  2. There are 3 Age Categories for both Drawing and Speech competitions. These are Ages 0 – 7, 8 – 12 and 13+. A person can enter separately for drawing and for speech competitions.
  3. Only one entry will be accepted per person for each of Drawing and Speech.
  4. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges and their decisions are final.
  5. The winners will be contacted personally after the closing date.
  6. Prize winners must be prepared to take part in post-competition publicity.
  7. The Promoter (Bhaktivedanta Manor – Sankirtan Team) does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries.
  8. Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred.
  9. There will be no cash alternatives.
  10. The Promoter’s decision is final in every situation, including any not covered above, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  11. The Promoter reserves the right, in the event of circumstances arising outside of its control which in its opinion makes it necessary, to cancel or change the competition at any stage.
  12. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition. This agreement is covered by the laws of England and Wales.
  13. If there is any conflict between these rules and those specified on the competition page, those specified on the competition page take precedence.

Kartik 2021 | 20 Oct – 19 Nov

Monday, November 8th, 2021

The Kartik month starts on the 21st of October 2021 and runs for four weeks till 19th of November 2021.

During this time pilgrims come from far and wide to offer a lamp to Mother Yasoda and Lord Krishna. The importance of this month is described extensively in the scriptures, especially in Srila Rupa Goswami’s Mathura Mahatmya.

Every day, devotees come to the Temple and offer a candle or ghee lamp to Lord Damodara. The Damodarastakam, a series of eight beautiful verses by the great sage Satyavrata Muni is sung daily in the morning and evening.

Do join us for this most wonderful celebration Daily.

Morning: 7 AM
Evening: 4:20pm  – 7:30pm

Notes:

Offerings will be paused between 6:30pm – 7pm as the curtains will be closed at this time
Offering times and locations may vary on festival days

The Puranas (Vedic histories) extol the month of Kartik as the topmost in the calendar. Lord Krishna’s mercy is very easily accessible in this month and to demonstrate their sincerity devotees accept different austerities such as fasting, cutting down on non-essential activities and offering charity. Worship of Tulsi and serving Lord Krishna’s cows is especially glorified.

The month of Kartik begins on 21st October. Those who make a Kartik-vrata (vow) should start on the 20th of October. The vrata is concluded on the full moon (Purnima) on 19th November. In ISKCON temples around the world it is customary to sing Damodara-Astakam and to offer divas to Lord Krishna during this period.

Kartik Vrindavan Experience

School of Bhakti invites you on a special journey through Vrindavan, the “Playground of God.” You don’t need any travel documents, vaccinations or PCR tests. You don’t even have to buy a plane ticket or arrange accommodation in India! Come and experience the sights, sounds, smells etc at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Venue: Bhakti Lounge (the old prasad hall in the temple building)

Times: Open during temple visiting hours (outside of any set events or courses)

FAQ’s

Do I need a Ticket?

No, there is no requirement for tickets, except on festival days of Govardhan Puja & Diwali festival (Friday 5th and Sunday 7th November) .

Do I need to bring my own candles?

Candles will be supplied by the temple free of charge. Please do not bring your own candles or divas as they may be a potential fire hazard.

Can I sit for the Kirtan?

Yes you are welcome to sit in the temple room, space permitting.

Where can I find the song sung during the offering?

Here is a A4 sheet of the the Damodarastakam, a series of eight beautiful verses by the great sage Satyavrata Muni is sung daily in the morning and evening. https://www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/wp-admin/post.php?page_id=648

Kartik Events in your local areas

More details

Srila Prabhupada Disappearance

Sunday, November 7th, 2021

Tickets are not required for Srila Prabhupadas Disappearance day

Schedule for the day

04:30 Mangala arati by SP
07:00 Deity Greeting / Guru Puja
07:40 Candle offering
08:10am Class by Srila Prabhupada
09:00am Offerings to Srila Prabhupada
12:00pm Abhisheka / Puspanjali 
1:30pm Feast 

Programme in Haveli

5:00pm Showing of Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All

Programme in Srila Prabhupada’s rooms

6:00pm Kirtana starts in SP room
7:20pm Arati

Diwali – Sun 7th Nov

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

FIREWORKS FOR DIWALI FESTIVAL | 🛑 CANCELLED 🛑

Celebrations, Darshan & Prasadam will still carry on.

2pm – 7:30pm – Tickets will be required during these times to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor. 

10am-2pm & 7:30pm-9.30pm – NO tickets required during this time.

Diwali, meaning ‘festival of lights’, is one of the most widely celebrated occasions in the year. Diwali is observed not only by Hindus but also by Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. The central theme for Diwali  is derived from the epic Ramayana.

Diwali is celebrated with candles and lamps. Join us at Bhaktivedanta Manor for a colourful stage show with drama and traditional dance.

Fireworks Cancelled

Due to bad weather conditions, we regret to inform everyone that the fireworks for Diwali at Bhaktivedanta Manor (Sun, 7th November 2021) have been cancelled. 

Darshan and Prasadam will still go ahead on the day.

Unfortunately, as the rain has fallen, it has rendered the parking fields inoperable, meaning we cannot properly host the number of expected visitors. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your understanding. Hare Krishna.

Times & Schedule

Tickets

Information

Directions

Donate for Diwali

Times & Schedule

Event tickets: 2pm – 7:30pm – Tickets will be required during these times to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor. 

Temple is open for visiting from 10am-2pm & 7:30pm to 9.30pm (no tickets required during this time)

Schedule

Sri Krishna Haveli: ( Schedule subject to change at short notice)

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Kirtans by Maneesh Sharma and Group

4:00pm – 4:20pm: Drama – Children’s drama: The lifting of Gorvardhan Hill

4:20pm – 5:00pm: Glories of Lord Rama by HG Niskincan Das on The Ramayana.

5:00pm – 5:50pm: Special Diwali Drama – The Ramayana by the Bhaktivedanta Players

6:15pm – 7:30pm: Bhajans by Nikesh Parmar and band

6pm – Grand Fireworks Display (Outdoors)

Fireworks Cancelled

Tickets

Will I need a ticket to enter?

Yes. A ticket is required to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor during festival times (2pm – 7:30pm). No ticket, no entry!

What happens if I arrive without a ticket?

In order to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor on this day, a ticket is required. If tickets are still available, we may ask you to book a ticket online via your phone. If not, unfortunately you may not be able to enter.

Can I come before or after the event time (2pm – 7:30pm)?

Temple is open for visiting from 10am-2pm & 7:30pm to 9.30pm (no tickets required during this time)

Yes. Everyone is welcome to come to Bhaktivedanta Manor before 2pm, and after 7:30pm. But if you arrive during the event time (2pm – 7:30pm), then you will need an entry ticket to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor, as without a ticket in those times, you will not be allowed entry. If you arrive before 2pm, you will be allowed to stay for the rest of the day without a ticket.

How long can I stay?

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities for as long as you like. Note: The main entrance gates will be closed at 9:30pm.

What if I arrive earlier / later than my booked arrival time?

If you arrive 30 mins before or after your booked arrival time, then you will still be allowed entry. Any earlier than that, we may ask you to please come back later, closer to your booked time. Any later than that, we will try our best to accommodate you, but it may not be possible to allow entry due to limited parking. Please arrive as close to your booked arrival time as possible.

Temple is open for visiting from 10am-2pm & 7:30pm to 9.30pm (no tickets required during this time)

Diwali Tickets

Information

Will there be celebrations on the actual Diwali Day and surrounding days

No. Darshan and Prasadam will be available during visiting hours, but there will be no festivities.

Will there be prasadam (sanctified food)?

Yes. There will be prasadam available to purchase via the Cafe all day, as well as free prasadam served in the afternoon and in the evening.

What happens if the weather is poor?

All festivities will be cancelled if the rain makes the fields unsuitable for parking. Darshan will still be available.

Directions

By Car:

Please use Sat Nav (Postcode: WD25 8HE)

By Public Transport:

Visit https://www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/?page_id=9954

Will there be a shuttle?

Yes. It will be running to and from Stanmore Station & Bhaktivedanta Manor. It will need to be pre-booked at a total cost of £1 per person. The reason for the cost is to ensure your space is guaranteed and that an accurate use of shuttle spaces can be planned ahead of time. By booking and using the shuttle, a standard entry ticket will not be required as your shuttle ticket will work as your entry ticket. We encourage people to use this service as parking is limited.

More details

Will there be parking available?

Yes. There is free parking available, but please be aware that parking spaces are limited making it important that you arrive during your allotted arrival time. 

Contact us if you have further questions

info@krishnatemple.com

Diwali Shuttle Service from Stanmore

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Stanmore to Bhaktivedanta Manor

Sunday, 7th November 2021

Pre-Bookings only

£1 per person

The reason for the cost is to ensure your space is guaranteed and that an accurate use of shuttle spaces can be planned ahead of time. 

Shuttle ticket = Entry ticket

Your shuttle ticket will work as an entry ticket for the festival. Please do not book a standard entry ticket as well as your shuttle ticket.

We encourage you to use this service as parking at Bhaktivedanta Manor is limited, and this will allow more visitors to partake in the celebration.

Timings

Stanmore to Bhaktivedanta Manor

First Shuttle: 1:30pm 

(then every hour)

Last Shuttle: 5:30pm 

Bhaktivedanta Manor to Stanmore

First Return Shuttle: 2pm 

(then every hour)

Last Return Shuttle: 8pm

Book your ticket

Book your ticket

Annakuta – Govardhana-Puja – 5th Nov

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

 

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. 

Annakuta Darshan: 8am – 5pm 

Times & Schedule

Tickets

Information

Directions

Donate for Annakuta

Tickets

Will I need a ticket to enter?

Yes. A ticket is required to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor during festival times (8am – 4pm). 

What happens if I arrive without a ticket?

In order to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor on this day, a ticket is required. If tickets are still available, we may ask you to book a ticket online via your phone. If not you may not be able to enter.

Can I come before or after the event time (8am – 4pm)?

Yes. Everyone is welcome to come to Bhaktivedanta Manor before 8am, and after 4pm. But if you arrive during the event time (8am – 4pm), then you will need an entry ticket to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor, as without a ticket in those times, you will not be allowed entry. If you arrive before 8am, you will be allowed to stay for the rest of the day without a ticket.

How long can I stay?

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities for as long as you like. Note: The main entrance gates will be closed at 9:30pm.

What if I arrive earlier / later than my booked arrival time?

If you arrive 30 mins before or after your booked arrival time, then you will still be allowed entry. Any earlier than that, we may ask you to please come back later, closer to your booked time. Any later than that, we will try our best to accommodate you, but it may not be possible to allow entry due to limited parking. Please arrive as close to your booked arrival time as possible.

Book Annakuta Tickets

Times & Schedule

Annakuta Darshan: 8am – 5pm 

Event Times

8am – 4pm | Tickets will be required during these times to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor. 

Schedule

Day | Sri Krishna Haveli

7am – Guru Puja

8am – Candle Offering

9am – Drama, Class, Dance, Mantra Choir, & Kirtan

12pm – Go Puja (New Gokul Farm)

1pm – Govardhana-puja (Sri Krishna Haveli)

Evening | Sri Krishna Haveli

6pm onwards

A joyous evening of kirtan, prasadam, candle offerings & devotional activities in celebration of Govardhana-puja.

No ticket required after 4pm

Information

Will there be prasadam (sanctified food)?

Yes. There will be maha-prasadam available all day to all visitors.

Can we bring our own food to give to the cows?

No thank you. Please do not bring your own food to feed the cows, we will supply food for feeding.

Can we bring our own food to offer to the deities?

No. You are welcome to bring uncooked ingredients as donations, but please do not bring any cooked food. Please see below for a list of ingredients required:

  • Butter / Ghee
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Nuts (Cashews, Pistachios, Walnuts, Flaked Almonds, Peanuts)
  • Besan / Gram Flour
  • Sugar (White, Caster, Soft Brown)
  • Dals (Toor, Mung, Yellow Mung, Split Mung, Chana)
  • Spices (Haldi, Jira, Mustard)
  • Semolina (Coarse)

Directions

How to get to Bhaktivedanta Manor

By Car: Please use Sat Nav (Postcode: WD25 8HE)

By Public Transport: Visit https://www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/?page_id=9954

Will there be a shuttle?

No. Please see above for information on how to get to Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Will there be parking available?

Yes. There is free parking available, but please be aware that parking spaces are limited making it important that you arrive during your allotted arrival time. 

Contact us if you have further questions

info@krishnatemple.com

Radhashtami 2021

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Srimati Radharani is the queen of Lord Krishna’s heart and the queen of all living entities, so on this day we celebrate with uplifting kirtans, an enlivening class, delicious feasting, and more. The festivities will take place in two parts: a morning programme and an evening programme. Everyone is welcome!

Kindly book your tickets, as this helps us in making adequate arrangements to host you well. Please ensure you’ve done an LFT test for your own safety and everyone else’s, and please wear a mask when indoors. Thank you!

Schedule for Radhashtami

Morning Programme in Haveli
8:00 Radhika Stava & Kirtan
8:30 Class on Srimati Radharani
9:30 Abhisheka of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda
10:30 Bhajans & Kirtan
13:30 Prasadam Feast
Darshan in the temple room will available during these times

Evening Programme in Haveli
16:00 Bullock cart ride for Radha Gokulananda
17:00 Abhisheka of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda
17:45 Interactive Kahoot Quiz on Radharani 
18:00 Bhajans and Kirtan
19:00 Prasadam Feast
Darshan in the temple room will available during these times

Book your tickets

Join the celebrations at home

via manor.media or mayapur.tv
 

Janmashtami 28-30 Aug 2021

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Tickets

Schedule

FAQ’s

Donations

Directions

Shuttle Service

This year’s simpler Janmashtami celebration will be a ticketed event to limit numbers on site. No entry without a valid booking.

Book your Free Janmashtami Tickets

Features of the festival will include:

  • Darshan (visit the shrine)
  • Free Prasad (sanctified food)
  • Visit the cows & bulls
  • Kirtan, Drama & Dance
  • Gift shop
  • Food stalls
Donate for Janmashtami

FAQ’s

Can I stay longer then my allocated times

Yes, your allocated time is your arrival times for darshan, you can stay longer to visit other areas.

Do I still have to wear a mask

Yes, we strictly ask everyone to wear masks when indoors (unless exempt).

Is social distancing still in place?

Social distancing is recommended, however individuals can choose what they’re comfortable with.

Do I need to do covid tests or be vaccinated?

You don’t need to be Vaccinated or take Covid (LFT tests) to visit Bhaktivedanta Manor.

A proof of a negative LFT is required in the last three days (72 hours) only for anyone who is attending any sit down event/ programme/ course indoors at Bhaktivedanta Manor. (test kits available at temple)

All volunteers, residents and staff who serve at Bhaktivedanta Manor need to carry out a LFT every three days (72 hours).

Getting to the festival

Driving to the temple

For satnav use postcode WD25 8HE  

Public Transport

www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/?page_id=9954

Shuttle Service from Stanmore Station

We will have a shuttle service taking visitors to and from Stanmore station. the shuttle will will leave every 30mins from Stanmore and the temple. You will need a ticket to visit for the Janmashtami festival to board the shuttle.

Private Coaches

Want to bring a coach to the the festival?  Send the following details to info@krishnatemple.com

Name of main contact on the coach
Phone number
Day of arrival
Estimated time of arrival
Number of people on coach.

 

Donate for Janmashtami

This page will be updated closer to the time with more details.

 

 

Balaram’s Appearance Day 2021

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Early Morning Programme 4:30am-8:45am  | Book tickets

Darshan & visiting 10am-7:30pm-  | Book Tickets

Schedule for the day to be published soon

Lord Balaram

 

Balarama , also known as Baladeva is the elder brother of Lord Krishna. He is considered as the Sankarshana form of Vishnu. He is worshipped as an avatar of Adishesha, a primal being of creation who holds all the planets of the universe on his hoods and constantly sing the glories of the Lord from all his mouths

When born on this earth Balarama was the son of king Vasudeva. The evil king Kamsa, the brother of Devaki, was intent upon killing the children of his sister because of a prediction that he would die at the hands of her eighth son.

Vishnu then impregnated the belly of the goddess Devaki with two hairs, one black, one white. To ensure their safety, their essence was transferred before birth to Rohini, who also desired a child. At birth, Krishna had a darker complexion, while Balarama was born fair. The other name of Balarama is also Sankarshan, meaning a spirit transferred between two wombs