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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

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The passing of a dear cow

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
On Monday 10th January one of our dear most cows Godavari Passed away
 
A message from the Chief Herdsman of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s New Gokul, Jay Krishna das:
 
“She was our oldest cow here at the Manor’s New Gokul farm. Born on 24th November 1997, she passed away at the very ripe age of 24 years. 
“Godavari was very much  seen as the grandmother of the herd and it was clear to us that she truly cared and looked over the other cows, and bulls, with great affection. All the cows had a respect for her that was very clear to see. Although she was ripe in age, she was a strong character who would look out for those more vulnerable. She was ever so gentle with us all and would take much delight in overseeing  the other cows and bulls getting their fair share of food when someone would come to treat them with various vegetables.
 
“I feel its only right for me to emphasise how regarded and loved Godavari was in the farm. She had many fond-followers who would regularly make a special effort to come to see her and serve her in some way. 
 
“By Lord Krishnas grace, Godavari had a very easy passing. She laid down Sunday 9th Jan 2021 afternoon and was reluctant to stand again. The next day she laid calmly on her side and closed her eyes. At 19:07, she took her last breath in the presence of devotees chanting Hare Krishna after having dust from the Holy Dharmas placed onto her head. A truly auspicious passing!
 
Learn more about New Gokul Farm here. 

Distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Every December ISKCON devotees around the world make a special effort to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books as widely as possible, for the spiritual benefit of society.

Highlights of the Manor’s Winter Book Marathon included:

–              A Live to Give Seminar before the Marathon facilitated by Vaisesika das, attended by over 150 devotees.

–              Over 370 devotees took part from the Manor community, including 125 children.

–              Books were distributed in all kinds of ways: door to door, shop to shop, supermarket to supermarket, on the high streets, book tables, to schools, businesses, prisons, care homes, hospitals and libraries.

–              5 sangha groups, including a deaf sangha, four mentee groups and two Bhakti Vriksha groups participated.

–              Sacred Street Party covered five towns

–              The Gita project also placed many books in various organisations.

–              More than 3000 packets of cookie prasadam were distributed.

–              Travelling Sankirtana Party, headed by Sutapa Das, Antaranga Das and Gurushakti Dasi visited over the high streets of 25 towns across the UK.

–              One of the unique features of this Marathon was distribution of Sapatah Rishi pack entitled “Inner Yoga Pack” and “The dharma pack”. This pack included 7 books. Devotees distributed over 850 such packs over the month.

A total of 53,155 of Srila Prabhupada’s books of all sizes were distributed by devotees from the Manor community. Including all ISKCON temples in the UK, the total was 119,785!

Divya Nama das, the head of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s book distribution initiative, wrote:

“Srila Prabhupada we hope that you are pleased with the efforts of devotees who came together this Marathon for one purpose which is to full fill your and Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s desire to expand the Sankirtan movement unlimitedly.  We would like to thank all the devotees who participated in this month long sankirtan yajna for the pleasure of Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada and specially those devotees who joined in for the first time in this Book Marathon…”

Update: COVID Guidelines

Friday, December 10th, 2021

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

Sunday:

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: https://www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/?p=13854

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.

Precautions

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 krishnatemple.com 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 info@krishnatemple.com if you have any queries.

 

Sri Krishna Haveli Complete

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

We thank each and every person who contributed to the Sri Krishna Haveli. If you haven’t yet visited this beautiful building, please come.

Today our children & tomorrow their children, will play, pray, learn, & celebrate by coming together in the Sri Krishna Haveli.
This has been created by the efforts of the community.

Although the Haveli doors are open, the building is not yet paid for; We kindly ask you to leave a legacy for yourself or a loved one.
Help complete this offering to Lord Krishna
on this Auspicious day

Don’t miss this final opportunity to be part of history

  • £964,783 still needed
  • 192 families to give £5000 (can be spread over 2-3 years)
  • All donations welcome

 

This is how it all came about…

If you have ever been to Bhaktivedanta Manor on a Sunday evening, I am sure you can relate to the frustration of trying to find a place for your shoes. And even more frustrating is trying to locate them on your way out! What to speak of queuing behind a crowd of hundreds of other people trying to squeeze into the temple room, many times feeling like it’s rush hour on a packed underground train, only to find that you can’t get in because there is a guest speaker visiting, with another couple of hundred devotees eagerly occupying every corner of floor space.

In 2007 the temple wrote to the local council requesting to build a small village or church style hall. The council responded by asking for the temple’s development requirements for the next 15 years. A complete needs assessment was carried out by Cottrell and Vermeulen in 2010, and an additional independent assessment was completed by Rasamandala Das, who consulted with various teams and the community at Bhaktivedanta Manor to establish that in the event of having extra facility, what they would use it for.

The various activities were put in order of priority based on how many times they had been raised and the attention that had been focused on them. These consultations moved forward to become a public brief and the planning application was put forward in December 2014. The most difficult task was balancing the needs of the temple and the local community. Ensuring that our facilities will be for housing the current needs of the temple and not to increase activities, planning was granted on 21st April 2016. This was the year ISKCON celebrated 50 years since its establishment.

After receiving more than 6 tenders from various contractors, the construction company Vascroft was chosen to proceed with building. A grand ground-breaking ceremony was held with guest of honour, David Cameron, the then UK prime minister.

Why Sri Krishna Haveli?

Havelis are traditional buildings that can be found in many places in India. The idea of a Haveli was inspired by Havelis of Keshi Ghat and Radha Raman temple, Radha Shyamasundar temple and Sri Radha Damodar temple. All these temples are ornate buildings which have Rajasthani post-medieval architecture, which was drawn from a variety of sources from Persia to India. They were generally built from stone and sandstone, with ornate windows and a little courtyard in the middle to keep it cool in the summer. In time, these Havelis became temples, devotional buildings that were very prominent around Vraj, Rajasthan and various other places.

Sri Krishna Haveli was designed so that it wold sit well between the rustic goshala and not overshadow Bhaktivedanta Manor, the mock Tudor mansion. To complement the local area and respect the culture of the locality, oak, timber, tile and traditional red brick with stone paving were chosen as typical of the area of Hertfordshire and wider England. The design was chosen to respect the past and to look to the future, representing authentic construction of today, with sustaining features and characters. Bespoke line patterns based upon Rajasthani and formal English patterns were created by Kishori Radha Dasi to maintain a devotional culture. Mouldings were carved in teak in India and sent to the UK to be further developed. You will see this in the inner ceilings of the veranda walk-way.

What’s going on at the Haveli?

You will be welcomed by a beautiful chakra garden with the heart chakra at the entrance. The heart is central to the Bhakti tradition as everything comes together in the heart.
There will be lively kirtans, classes by visiting speakers, weddings and other functions in the Kirtan hall which is a formal and high-quality room with beautiful wood panelling, a stage and lighting. To the rear there are dressing rooms for stage performers and brides and grooms to be.

The Seva hall is conveniently situated beside a fully equipped bespoke kitchen for easy access to serve prasad to all our guests. This hall can also be subdivided into three sections and can be used for clubs, yoga and childrens activities.

The upstairs learning area is called Bhakti Vidyalaya with two areas for teaching: the Atma Vidya and Paramatma Vidya rooms. Bhakti is the means through which the tiny soul and great soul come into each other’s company, through which revelation of divinity takes place. These rooms will be used primarily to host visiting schools that come to learn about Hinduism and the Bhakti Tradition. They will also be used by the School of Bhakti.

Outside there is an exciting space for children in the Haveli playground. This play area was designed with ideas from the children in the Gurukula School and Krishna Club. It is centred around Krishna’s childhood pastimes with the Aghasura and Bakasura demons and Kaliya the serpent. Made from old trees, it is an area where the children play and engage just like Krishna did with His friends. The playground serves as a safe space for children to play and creatively engage, focusing on the pastimes of Lord Krishna.

Farewell to the soldiers

Early in 2018, at the beginning of construction, His Grace Srutidharma das, then temple president at Bhaktivedanta Manor, was diagnosed with cancer. Serving the community for more than forty years, a stalwart leader and servant of all, he inspired and worked unwaveringly with others to turn this ‘from dream to reality’ as an offering to Srila Prabhupada and the community. He sadly passed away on 10th March 2020. We also lost Rameshwar das, shortly afterwards, who worked tirelessly to raise funds for this project.

A visit from the PM

As part of his election campaign in December 2019 Boris Johnson, inspired by the community activities at Bhaktivedanta Manor, visited the Sri Krishna Haveli. He was accompanied by Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, and Priti Patel, Home Secretary, as well as the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss and other MP’s. During Mr Johnson’s visit he placed a garland around Srila Prabhupada and received blessings from Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda.

Opening Delayed

A three-day Haveli opening was planned and ready, when unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cautions were put in place for the imminent government lockdown. All departments were set and raring to go to begin use of the new facilities, but the Lord had other plans. Many members of the community fell ill with the virus and we sadly said farewell to a few more dear devotees.

During this pandemic, the builders continued to work on the Haveli and completed June 2020.

Finances

The projected cost of the Haveli was initially £9.6 million and with design changes, price increases and additions, the final cost of the project is £10.65 million.

As the builders were on site we instructed them to complete ancillary projects, which have been in a state of disrepair and required to be done. The design & installation of the new children’s playground, resurfacing of both cark parks, with installation of E-charging points and new lighting. The ladies ashrama has also been renovated and its roof replaced. The temple building now has a beautiful paved path around it, for the pleasure of the Vaishnavas, who can now do parikrama safely, without stepping into potholes and puddles. The Manor school, Gift shop and the Bakery also needed to be relocated, so that they could continue to provide their services.

To make sure construction did not stop the temple raised a bank loan of £5 million. Most of the funds have been raised in the form of pledges, and the devotees are working very hard, encouraging donors to fulfill their pledges of support.

Thank You

This project has been the largest single project, since the time of George Harrison donating Bhaktivedanta Manor in 1973. Over the last 40 years we have seen incredible changes; through many trials and tribulations, the devotees have continued to remain focused on their duty and getting on with what needs to get done.

Despite the challenges of a world that is constantly changing, the devotion and determination of Krishna’s devotee will definitely ensure a bright future. As Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad gita:

yatra yogesvarah Krishna yatra partho dhanur dhara
tatra srir vijayo bhutir dhruva nitir matir mama

Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion.

Our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to you all for your unfailing support, which has made Bhaktivedanta Manor, an oasis of spiritual culture in the UK. Your sacrifices and seva for Sri Krishna, remain to your eternal credit. Hare Krishna.