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Talk Show with Sivarama Swami

Monday, September 13th, 2021

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Session 3:
Date: Sunday 19th September
Title: The Mind and the Soul; Friends or Foes? Is Krishna consciousness relevant in improving mental health problems in the age of Social media? Are mental health problems born out of spiritual ignorance? 
Speakers: HH Sivarama Swami & HG Citi Sakti Devi Dasi

Session 4:
Date: Sunday 26th September
Title: Spiritual living vs Free Market Capitalism
Speakers: HH Sivarama Swami, HG Niskincana Caitanya Das, and HG Jai Nitai Das

Don’t miss out on this historic one-of-kind talkshow series!

 
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Shraddha 2021

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

Shraddha is a time for expressing our love and gratitude to our departed family members by making offerings to help them on their onward journey.

Shraddha lasts for one fortnight from the beginning of the lunar month of Ashwin, which this years falls from the 21st September until the 5th October inclusive.

More information on what is shraddha

Ceremony at Bhaktivedanta Manor

There will be daily Shraddha ceremonies at the temple.

The ceremony will be led by a priest consisting of

Sankalpa, Pitri Tarpana (offering of Water to ancestors ) & Go Puja / feeding of the cows.

Please book in advance so we can make sure that we have enough facilities.

Day & Time of Puja Registration Link
Sep 21, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 21st Sep – 5 pm  (ID: 663)
Sep 22, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 22nd Sep – 5 pm  (ID: 678)
Sep 23, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 23rd Sep – 5 pm  (ID: 679)
Sep 24, 3:30 PM Shraddha 2021 – 24th Sep – 3:30 pm  (ID: 680)
Sep 25, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 25th Sep – 5 pm  (ID: 681)
Sep 26, 2:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 26th Sep – 2 pm  (ID: 682)
Sep 27, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 27th Sep – 5 pm  (ID: 683)
Sep 28, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 28th Sep – 5 pm  (ID: 684)
Sep 29, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 29th Sep – 5 pm  (ID: 685)
Sep 30, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 30th Sep – 5 pm  (ID: 686)
Oct 01, 3:30 PM Shraddha 2021 – 1st Oct – 3:30 pm  (ID: 687)
Oct 02, 5:00 PM No Shraddha ceremonies on Ekadashi please book on Oct 5th.
Oct 03, 2:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 3rd Oct- 2 pm  (ID: 688)
Oct 04, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 4th Oct – 5:00 pm  (ID: 690)
Oct 05, 5:00 PM Shraddha 2021 – 5th Oct – 5:00 pm – Sarva Pitru Amavasya  (ID: 691)

If you have any queries, contact us at bmf@krishnatemple.com or phone 01923 851008.

If you are not sure of the day that shraddha should be performed for your family member, you can contact our priests on 

07907809006 / 07868709259 

or use an online Shraddha tithi calculator 

Visiting the temple during Shraddha

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. 
  • Visit the gardens
Book A Ticket

Donations for Shraddha

Prasad Seva

You can also choose to bring the following items for shraddha

Things that are needed

  • Butter Ghee (Desi Dhee)
  • Butter (salted/unsalted)
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Nuts (Cashews, Pistachios, Walnuts, Flaked Almonds, Peanuts)
  • Besan / Gram Flour
  • Himalayan / Pink Salt
  • Sugar (White, Caster, soft brown, Icing (do not bring silver spoon))
  • Dals (Toor, Mung, Yellow Mung, Split Mung, Chana)
  • Spices (Haldi, Jira, Mustard)
  • Semolina (Coarse)
  • Saffron
  • Milk Powder

Do not Bring

  • Milk
  • Fresh Vegetables & fruits
  • Masoor Dal 
  • Flour (Chappati Atta)
  • Rice

What is shraddha

More information on shraddha

 

Bhadra Purnima 2021

Friday, September 10th, 2021

Bhadra campaign is a worldwide campaign to popularise the cream of all Vedic wisdom, The Srimad Bhagavatam. It is based on a special benediction given in Srimad Bhagavatam itself that “If on the full moon day of the month of Bhādra one places Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam on a golden throne and gives it as a gift, he will attain the supreme transcendental destination”

You can take part in this wonderful campaign in the following ways

1.Invite Srimad Bhagavatam in your home or gifting to someone, here in UK on www.krishnatemple.com/bhadra or

2.Send the Srimad Bhagavatam to your loved ones in India:

https://tinyurl.com/gift2india

Sponsor a set of Srimad Bhagavatam through the Grama Vidya Daan project:

https://tinyurl.com/GraamVidyaDaan

Visit the temple

Monday, August 30th, 2021

We so much look forward to welcoming you back to your temple, Bhaktivedanta Manor, and hope you will appreciate the steps we’ve taken to safeguard the health of our guests and residents. 

We are open daily

Mon-Fri –11am-1pm & 4:20pm-7:30pm

Saturday –10am-1pm & 4:20pm-7:30pm

Sunday –10am – 7:30pm

Entrance Gates to Bhaktivedanta Manor are locked at 8pm

Please note that at present you can:

  • Take Darshan and offer prayers in the temple room.
  • Get prasad. 
  • Get a takeaway from Radharanis Cafe.
  • Visit New Gokul Farm (goshalla)
  • Visit the Gift Shop
  • Kids can play in the Krishna Lila Playground
  • Take a stroll in the gardens and grounds
  • Read latest update  / FAQ’s on temple opening

Tickets

(tickets are released on a weekly basis)
Book tickets to visit Bhaktivedanta Manor

Tickets for other events

Early morning programme 

Bhakti Janani

Sunday Night Kirtan

KINDLY NOTE: You must have a ticket and wear masks indoors (unless exempt). 

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 6pm.

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 time on the ticket. You will not be allowed entrance to the site if you arrive earlier.
  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 ask that everyone wear face masks indoors throughout their visit.
  4. Volunteers will guide you through the darshan queue. At this time we ask that you:
    1. maintain social distancing – the markings on the floor will help you maintain the distance (families can stand together)
    2. 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. 

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

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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

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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.