Archive for the ‘Festivals’ Category

Rama Navami

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Join us at Bhaktivedanta Manor, to get the association of Lord Rama.

In adherence with government guidelines, this year’s festivities will be  focusing on giving everyone the opportunity for darshan of the Lord and prasad, the rest of the festivities will be online. To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which you will need to prebook online for free.

Book a Ticket

If you need help with booking or are having issues or queries, contact us.

Online Programme Sunday 25th

Time Performance
14:00 Welcome – Kishori & Radha Govinda
14:15 Introduction
14:20 Bharatha Natyam by Nataraj Fine Arts Students
14:30 Kirtan – Bhaktivedanta Manor Youth
15:10 Kirtan – Pandava Sena 
15:30 School of Bhakti Debate
17:00 Bhaktivendanta Players – Ramayan Drama
17:40 Inside the Manor Goshalla – Cow Protection
17:55 Manorma – Dance by Nikita Joshi
18:05 Vishaka Devi Dasi – Temple President
18:15 Kirtan London & Gaura Arati at 7pm

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“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.

Bhakti-Janani – Enlivening our Devotion

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

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

Next Programme?  Friday 23rd April, 7pm

Where? From the comfort of your own home

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

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’.

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

In the next approaching Ekadeshi, Bhakti Janani devotees will gather virtually and

  • Extol the Glories of Ekadashi
  • Chant Krishna’s holy names 
  • Perform Nrshimha Kavacha fire sacrifice (Yajna)

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.

Please fill in the Prayer form giving details of your prayers

Submit Your Prayer

 

Gaura Purnima & Holi Darshan

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Gaura Purmina is the appearance anniversary of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534) who is Radha and Krishna combined.
On this day, which is a full-moon day, everyone fasts till moonrise, and people visit the temple to see the Deities of the Lord in the temple room. The devotees present dramas and classes about Lord Chaitanya’s activities. The Deities of Gaura-Nitai receive new clothes, and the devotees engage in extra kirtan. 

Darshan Tickets

In adherence with Government guidelines, this year’s festivities will be very simple, focusing on giving everyone the opportunity for darshan of the Lord and prasad only, the rest of the festivities will be online. To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which everyone will need to prebook online for free.  

Tickets will be released on Tuesday 23rd midday.

Book a ticket

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.

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:

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

 

Gaura Purnima Online

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Join us on Online Sunday 28th from 7am-7pm.

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

Programme from Temple Room: Bhaktivedanta Manor Media – YouTube

Time Performance
07:00 Temple Morning Program
10:30 Srila Prabhupada Classes & Temple Productions
12:05 Welcome address by Her Grace
Vishaka Dasi – Temple President
12:18 Dance – Aparna Sambasivan
12:30 “Gauranga” by Keli Kanana das 
12:35 Kirtan – Pandava Sena
13:05 Kirtan- Shastra Sankirtan
13:40 Bhajans by Ambika Sharma
14:00 Cooking Demonstration – Veggie Steady Cook –
with Shivani Gadhvi-Vadera
14:25 Children’s nutrition and Q&A by Ushma Haria
14:55 The Manor Gurukul – Video Journey
15:25 School of Bhakti presents Live Panel Discussion and Q&A
16:55 Kirtan – Karunamayi Devi Dasi
17:25 Bhaktivedanta Manor Goshalla
17:30 Contemporary Songs – Jake Emlyn
17:55 Bhaktivedanyta Players – “Nimai born under a tree”
18:25 Mantra Choir – Jayadev Das
19:00 Gaura Arati with Live Kirtan by Rādhikā-Ranjana Dās

Nityananda Trayodasi celebrations

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Thursday, February 25th is the appearance day of Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu is non-different from Lord Balarama, who appears as the older brother of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 

Join us for the festivities Online and get the causless mercy of  the all-powerful Nityananda Prabhu!

There will be extended darshan on Thursday 25th so please book your tickets and come take darshan. Tickets for Mangal Arati darshan will be released Wednesday 11am.

 Nityananda Prabhu by Visakha dasi

Nityananda Prabhu is non-different from Lord Balarama, who appears as the older brother of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. His internal potency, an expansion of Sri Balarama maintains the transcendental existence of all the planets in the spiritual sky, where all the living beings are eternally liberated souls. In the spiritual sky, the influence of the material energy is completely absent.

Outside the planets in the spiritual sky is the impersonal manifestation of Sri Krishna, which is known as the brahmajyoti. On the other side of Brahmajyoti is the spiritual Causal Ocean. The material energy exists on the other side of the Causal Ocean, without touching it. In the Causal Ocean is Maha-Vishnu, who is an expansion of Balarama. Maha-Vishnu places His transcendental glance over the material energy, which produces the entire cosmic manifestation.

Maha-Vishnu again enters every universe as the reservoir of all living entities, Garbhodakasayi Vishnu. From Garbhodakasayi Vishnu expands Kshirodakasayi Vishnu, the Supersoul of every living entity. Maha-Vishnu, Garbhodakasayi Vishnu and Kshirodakasayi Vishnu are plenary expansions of Sri Balarama, who is nondifferent from Nityananda Prabhu.The spiritual master is the representative of Balarama, the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who supplies spiritual strength, so Nityananda Prabhu is the original spiritual master. The spiritual master is the manifestation of the mercy of Krishna, and Nityananda Prabhu determinedly tries to help people by bringing them to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s service. The debauchees  Jagai and Madhai were among the first such people, and they became exalted devotees due to the astounding mercy of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.

May the all-powerful Nityananda Prabhu also extend His causeless mercy to all of us!

World Gita Day

Monday, December 7th, 2020

You are personally invited to recite the entire Bhagavad gita… in 5 hours! Refresh your soul in the company of His Grace Sutapa das, His Grace Radha Govinda das, His Grace Vaishnava Sarvabhauma 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.

When?  Friday 25th December, 9am

Where? From the comfort of your own home

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Give Gita

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.

For every sponsorship made before 25th December, the name of the sponsor will be offered in the Yajna at Kurukshetra and for any sponsorships made on 25th Dec their names will be offered in the Yajna ceremony at Bhaktivedanta Manor on 25th December.

Sponsor Gitas

Live Gita

The Bhagavad-gita is not simply a philosophical treatise, but rather a call to action. We are meant to read it, learnt it and ultimately live it. The profound wisdom that Krishna imparts is something that everyone can experience as a tangible reality. However, this is only possible when we practically implement the teachings and spiritualise different aspects of our daily life. By incorporating four timeless spiritual practices into our lifestyle we can quickly become peaceful, happy and self-realised.

Book Gita in 3 hours course

Gita Competition

Calling all talented young people, we have an exciting competition for you to explore Bhagavad Gita. This is your chance to participate in either a drawing and / or a speech competition.

You can show off your best artistic skills by drawing something from Chapter 10 of the Bhagavad Gita. In this chapter, Krishna talks about His opulences with Arjuna. Choose a verse or combination of verses and share with us your understanding and imagination.

Participate in the competition

Bhagavad-gita Audio Drama by Bhaktivedanta Players

The Bhaktivedanta Players have made their Bhagavad-gita Audio Drama available for everyone to hear during the this most auspicious month when Bhagavad-gita was spoken, and its also the time when whole of ISKCON focuses on the Gita. Enjoy!

To download right click on a track and save it to your device.

 

Live Gita

Thus I have explained to you knowledge still more confidential. Deliberate on this fully, and then do what you wish to do. (Bhagavad-gita 18.63)

The Bhagavad-gita is not simply a philosophical treatise, but rather a call to action. We are meant to read it, learnt it and ultimately live it. The profound wisdom that Krishna imparts is something that everyone can experience as a tangible reality. However, this is only possible when we practically implement the teachings and spiritualise different aspects of our daily life. By incorporating four timeless spiritual practices into our lifestyle we can quickly become peaceful, happy and self-realised.

A – ASSOCIATION

Try to visit a local ISKCON temple on a regular basis, and take advantage of the classes, festivals and various opportunities for devotional service. If you live far away from a temple, you can attend one of the Krishna groups

B – BOOKS

Read the books translated by Srila Prabhupada. Along with the well-known Bhagavad-gita there is also the Srimad Bhagavatam. Its 18,000 verses continue the philosophical teachings of the Gita, and also describe Krishna’s divine appearance and avatars. It’s best to read daily, either a certain number of pages or for a certain amount of time. We can make a thorough study, noting interesting or difficult passages, or we can simply read our way through, confident of our spiritual purification.

C – CHANTING

Recite the Hare Krishna mantra on a circle of 108 wooden beads. This is known as japa meditation. One time round the beads each day is for beginners, four times round as a daily minimum is for more committed practitioners, and sixteen ‘rounds’ are for those who have taken (or are planning to take) their lifetime vows. You can chant these holy names of the Lord anywhere and at any time, but the early morning hours are deemed ideal. While you’re chanting, simply fix your mind on hearing the sound of the mantra. When you talk, it’s natural for you to listen to your voice, and during meditation, direct this natural attentiveness to hearing the mantra. The quality of your meditation will depend on how well you do this.

D – DIET

One should offer all their food to Krishna before eating. From the purchasing, to the cooking, then the offering and finally the eating, every step can be an act of love which brings one closer to God. In preparing food, cleanliness, attention to detail and devotion are the main principles. After cooking, arrange portions of the food on special dinner-ware kept especially for Krishna. The easiest way to offer food is simply to pray, “My dear Lord Krishna, please accept this humble offering”. There are also special mantras which can be chanted to invoke a devotional consciousness. Then you can accept that sanctified food and share it with others!

Bhagavad Gita – Competition

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Calling all talented young people, we have an exciting competition for you to explore Bhagavad Gita. This is your chance to participate in either a drawing and / or a speech competition.

You can show off your best artistic skills by drawing something from Chapter 10 of the Bhagavad Gita. In this chapter, Krishna talks about His opulences with Arjuna.  Choose a verse or combination of verses and share with us your understanding and imagination.

Can you talk for a minute* on any of these 4 topics – Krishna, Journey of the soul, Devotional service or Karma. You will need to use your best voice and storytelling skills to share what Krishna has explained about these topics in the Bhagavad Gita

This competition is part of our Live to Give campaign that aims to inundate the world with the treasure house of Bhagavad Gita. The competition is designed for 3 Age groups – Bala Gopal (0 – 7), Nanda Gopal (8 – 12) and Nanda Kishore (13+). 

Registration Fee: £5 (includes Bhagavad Gita per entrant)

Submission deadline: 15th December

Results announced: Gita Jayanti Day – 25th December

World Gita Day Competition : All entries will also be entered into this competition (https://worldgitaday.webflow.io/empowered-by-gita/creative-contest)

Due to Covid 19, we request you take a picture or scan the drawing and take a video of the speech for submission. 

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. Registration fee is requested to cover costs of prizes, promotion and administration.
  4. Any surplus monies will go towards the Live To Give Campaign
  5. Only one entry will be accepted per person for each of Drawing and Speech.
  6. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges and their decisions are final.
  7. The winners will be contacted personally after the closing date.
  8. Prize winners must be prepared to take part in post-competition publicity.
  9. The Promoter (Bhaktivedanta Manor – Sankirtan Team) does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries.
  10. Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred.
  11. There will be no cash alternatives.
  12. The Promoter’s decision is final in every situation, including any not covered above, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. If there is any conflict between these rules and those specified on the competition page, those specified on the competition page take precedence.

Damodar Lila audio drama

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Devotional fun for the family:

The Temple drama group, the Bhaktivedanta Players, have made a seasonal audio play for you to enjoy:


 

 

 

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