Archive for the ‘Festivals’ Category

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.

Donate Securely online at:

https://crm.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=7

 

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.

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.

Donate Securely online at:
https://crm.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=26

Janmashtami at Home

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

The annual celebration of Lord Krishna’s appearance on this earthly planet, is the biggest spiritual festival in the yearly calendar. On this day, millions of devotees flock to temples and festival grounds to see Krishna, worship Him, hear about Him, sing for Him, and absorb their minds in Him! The day begins at 4:30am with the first worship of the day, and culminates with the beautiful final worship at midnight (the exact time that Lord Krishna appeared in the world).

This year we are faced with a global pandemic during this most auspicious festival period. With government regulations in place, we’ll be celebrating Janmashtami in a different way. Devotees of Krishna are always positive – in every difficulty there is an opportunity! This year (along with visiting the temple) you will have the unique opportunity to observe a special Janmashtami celebration in your own home!

Tune in Online

Bhaktivedanta Manor will have its very own Online Janmashtami Festival. Tune in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Virtual Janmashtami Festival 2020  Wednesday 12th August, 12.00pm-12.00am

For schedule and programme visit

Janmashtami Online Festival 2020

For Live Broadcast from temple room

www.manor.media

www.Mayapur.tv

Worship at Home

Every home can be a temple – you can set up a sacred space with deities, pictures, sacred items and books. On Janmashtami day make special decorations around the altar. This creates the mood of festivity and can be particularly fun for the children.

If you have deities of the Lord, you can begin the day by offering a nice plate of sweets when you greet Them in the morning. If you do not have deities you can offer the sweets and a simple worship to a picture of the Lord. Krishna’s picture is non-different from His deity form. You can also offer Krishna a lamp, fragrant incense, and some fruits.

You can bathe the Lord with flower petals. This will really excite the children and keep them enthusiastic in their devotion. Various kinds and colours of flowers can be petaled and offered individually in sprays of colors over Their Lordships.

Fasting & Feasting

Fasting from all foods until midnight is recommended. We should endeavour to follow this injunction but if fasting is too difficult due to health reasons then try to eat only light foods during the day (like non-grain preparations). Krishna will see your sincere endeavour to fulfil the rules and regulations and reciprocate with you accordingly.

Just as you enjoy your favourite preparations on your birthday so too does the Lord. Having said that, His favourite above all others is your love and devotion. You can make a special endeavour in cooking a wonderful feast for Him as you would do for a family member’s birthday. He is a major part of your household so cook for Him as you would for your child, meditating on what He would like. A simple cooking standard would include rice, dhal, chapatis, puris, subjis (vegetable preparations of different variety and flavours), and savouries such as samosas and kachoris, sweets and a drink.

Reading

Srila Prabhupada has kindly provided us with the story of Lord Krishna’s advent and other exciting pastimes in “Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead” or in Srimad Bhagavatam Canto Ten. Reading these pastimes on Janmashtami will greatly benefit us and help us understand the glories of the Lord more deeply.

Read online at www.vedabase.io

Chanting

Chanting and singing the Hare Krishna maha mantra is the essence of our devotion. It is an intimate exchange of love with Lord Krishna, pleasing Him for devotional service unto His lotus feet. Try to chant more than your normal quota and be more attentive being absorbed in loving thoughts of the Lord.

Tune in Online

Bhaktivedanta Manor will have its very own Online Janmashtami Festival. Tune in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Virtual Janmashtami Festival 2020  Wednesday 12th August, 12.00pm-12.00am

For schedule and programme visit

Janmashtami Online Festival 2020

For Live Broadcast from temple room

www.manor.media

www.Mayapur.tv

Gita Promise

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

Visit the Temple

This year’s Janmashtami 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.

To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which everyone will need to prebook online for free

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.

KINDLY NOTE:  YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET AND A MASK TO VISIT THE TEMPLE

Rama Navami

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

All glories to Lord Ramacandra on His divine appearance day! 

We wish all of you well and pray you perceive the transcendental blessing of Lord Rama upon you. Please meditate on this wonderful passage from Srila Prabhupada:

“The soldiers Lord Ramacandra recruited in the jungle were all monkeys and did not have proper equipment with which to fight the soldiers of Ravana, for Ravana’s soldiers were equipped with weapons of modern warfare whereas the monkeys could only throw stones, mountain peaks and trees. It was only Lord Ramacandra and Laksmana who shot some arrows. But because the soldiers of Ravana were condemned by the curse of mother Sita, the monkeys were able to kill them simply by throwing stones and trees. There are two kinds of strength — daiva and purusakara. Daiva refers to the strength achieved from the Transcendence, and purusakara refers to the strength organized by one’s own intelligence and power. Transcendental power is always superior to the power of the materialist. Depending on the mercy of the Supreme Lord, one must fight one’s enemies even though one may not be equipped with modern weapons. Therefore Krsna instructed Arjuna, mam anusmara yudhya ca: [Bg. 8.7] “Think of Me and fight.” We should fight our enemy to the best of our ability, but for victory we must depend on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (SB 9.10.20, purport by Srila Prabhupada)

Today our common enemy throughout the world is the coronavirus, which has crossed all boundaries, whether those of nations, religions, castes, creeds, races, or genders. Our government health officials have given us ways to fend this virus off: maintain social distancing, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, disinfect common areas. In the statement above, Srila Prabhupada offers us spiritual guidance for this pandemic namely, to increase our faith in Rama’s mercy by thinking of Him and depending on His shelter. In the final analysis, He is our ultimate protector and He offers us the ultimate protection.

Please join us Online from 7am at Bhaktivedanta Manor for greeting the Deities, guru-puja, and class:

And on this auspicious day please bring your family together (in your home and over the Internet) to hear about the pastimes of Lord Rama, chant His names, and discuss His glories. Temporarily we are separated physically, but through the transcendental potency of hearing and chanting about Lord Rama, we can join our minds and hearts in His service and find solace at His lotus feet.

Spiritual Inspiration

– Online Morning Programme & Aratis – www.manor.media – Special Facebook Live Discussions – www.facebook.com/SoBhakti/ – Books available for reading & inspiration – www.vedabase.io – Online Courses (Launching Soon) – www.schoolofbhakti.com – Live broadcast from ISKCON Centres around the world- www.mayapur.tv

Krishna’s Helpers

Bhaktivedanta Manor is also reaching out to provide practical and spiritual assistance. Please contact our “Krishna’s Helpers” service and we’ll endeavour to mobilise our volunteers to help in whatever way we can. Pass on the message to those in need. (Email: help@krishnatemple.com / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925)

Bhagavad Gita Yajna

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The Bhagavad gita Maha Yajna will be taking place in the Sri Krishna Haveli.

Recite the entire Bhagavad gita… in 5 hours!

Refresh your soul in the company of His Grace Kripamoya das & His Grace Navadvipa Chandra 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.

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.

To sponsor Bhagavad gitas please click here

gita.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk

This will be the first major event to take place in the Sri Krishna Haveli before we get the full handover over the venue in late January. The recital of the Bhagavadgita and the Yajna will take place in the function hall and we will also be serving prasad in the new facility.

It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to see two main halls in use for the first time.

This year there will be no Live Broadcast of the event as the venue is large enough to hold everyone.

The formal opening of the Sri Krishna Haveli will be announced in the new year once the handover is completed.