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Janmashtami 2020

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

Janmashtami Darshan will be available from Wednesday 12th  –  Sunday 16th August 2020.

Book a ticket

In adherence with Government guidelines, 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. This system has been working well since 29th June and it has been hailed as being safe and effective, by local authorities and visitors alike. Please book your Janmashtami darshan time and ensure you bring the confirmation with you. 

Book Your Tickets for Janmashtami darshan

Please only book exact tickets you need and think of others as well.

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.

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

Janmashtami Appeal

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

 

Visit the temple

Friday, July 17th, 2020

Dear Devotees, 

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. To establish a robust system to enable you to have darshan in a safe environment, we’ve completed a thorough risk assessment and consulted with specific service sectors including external auditors. In line with this expertise and government guidance, we’re pleased to open Bhaktivedanta Manor. 

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. 

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.

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

www.krishnatemple.com/donate

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

 

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

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
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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!

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

1200 Festival Opening with Visakha Dasi, Temple President
1215 “Krishna on Trial” Interactive Interview (Pandava Sena)
1300 Kathak performance
1315 Live Cooking Demonstration
1415 Krishna Drama (Pandava Sena)
1515 Special Janmashtami Talk with HH Radhanath Swami
(Children’s Activities will be conducted in another online room)
1745 Questions you want answered
1830 What is Arati and who is Gaura?
1900 Virtual Gaura arati
1930 “Krishna’s Appearance” Drama by The Bhaktivedanta Players
2045 Live Kirtan Experience
2145 Interactive Janmashtami Quiz
2230 Address by Visakha Dasi, Temple President
2245 Abhishek of Shree Shree Radha Gokulananda
0.00 Midnight Darshan!

www.manor.media

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

Stay Connected

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

At the moment you cannot come to us but we can come to you online…Bhaktivedanta Manor has many online programs. Please take advantage of them and come closer to Krishna.

Spiritual Inspiration from the temple

Online Morning Programme & Aratiswww.manor.media

Special Facebook live discussionswww.facebook.com/SoBhakti/

Online courses, seminars, and retreatswww.schoolofbhakti.com

Welfare & Support

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 – / 07591 985 010

We are also arranging for prayers online, for those in Intensive care and for those that have departed. Please get in touch with us.

Join in Online Kirtans & Prayers

Jahnavi Harrison

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDJVpt2p_KivFy4Bfms64Ew

Kirtan London

https://www.youtube.com/user/kirtanlondontv

Read a Chapter a day of Bhagavad-Gita every evening from 7:45pm to 8:40pm. 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/IUVrCsdqiWDBJIJM6PcMBN

Young children

AGES 1-8+

A range of online interactive video stories resources – a beautiful blend of story telling, yoga, performance and song – don’t miss out!

LOOK OUT FOR THE NEW 3 part series of Ramayana – Every Monday for the next 3 weeks. http://youtube.com/c/vrindakishoristories

AGES 8+

Krishna Book Reading for Children daily with Vrndarika-Ramaya Dasi every evening from 5pm to 6pm. Recommended Age: 8 yr plus only.

Contact : Vrndarika-ramaya Dasi. 07831830225

https://meetingsemea4.webex.com/meet/kbarsha

Students

Pandava Sena Age 12+;

workshops, kirtans, classes, quizzes and activities

Call Akash – 07714891520 www.psena.com

 KCSOC Uni Students;

workshops, kirtans, classes, games, quizzes and activities

Call Kishan – 07804944121 www.kcsoc.com

Connect with ISKCON Worldwide

– Books available for reading & inspiration – www.vedabase.io

– Live broadcast from ISKCON Centres around the world- www.mayapur.tv

Meditation Care Packages

Monday, April 27th, 2020

for Our Frontline Heroes

Meditation care packages are making a vast difference in the life of key workers based on the extremely positive feedback we are continuing to receive from the recipient hospitals & care homes.

We are delighted to share with you that so far, we have received orders for 2,500 packs from hospitals and care homes.

Donations received thus far have helped us to deliver the 1500 packs to 8 NHS hospitals including Watford General, Northwick park and over 40 care homes. 

We are now looking to raise further donations so we can deliver the final 1000 meditation pack orders. Your valuable contribution will help towards honouring and encouraging the great work front liners are doing for humanity.

As a token of your gratitude please donate at 

http://www.krishnatemple.com/carepack

Your servants 

Bhaktivedanta Manor Sankirtan Team

Krishna’s Helpers

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Bhaktivedanta Manor is 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

phone / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925

 

Temple Closed to The Public

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Hare Krishna Dear Devotees, 

As you are all aware the Coronavirus situation is becoming more acute by the day. Though we wanted to avoid closing the temple, Government recommendations and concerns for the safety of our residents and guests has forced us to take this measure. 

Bhaktivedanta Manor will be closed to the public until further notice. 

Please take advantage of the following facilities to maintain your spiritual inspiration in these testing times:

– 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

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)

Manor Newsletter online

Friday, February 7th, 2020

You can find the February 2020 edition of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s community Newsletter at the following link:

February 2020 web

You can download this PDF file and access higher resolution images. 

Articles:

Prime Minister Visits Temple ……………………….. 1

Prime Minister praises Bhaktivedanta Manor ….. 3

Coming Closer to Krishna ………………………… 4

Gita Jayanti in the Shri Krishna Haveli ………….. 5

MP makes oath using Bhagavad-gita. …………. 5

Initiation ……………………………………………….. 6

Holy Name Weekend ……………………………….. 6

A Christmas Carol with a kirtan ………………….. 6

Radha Krishna Deaf Association’s global reach 7

Mantra Crew scales US Dance Chart ………….. 7

Maha Mantra re-enters Abbey Road Studios ….. 7

Winter Book Marathon ……………………………… 9

Following up on book distribution contacts ……. 9

Smiling Souls ………………………………………… 10

Little Avanti launched …………………………….. 11

ISKCON Law holds first Global Conference … 11

The Manor School enters exciting phase ……… 12

Pandava Sena Mentorship Retreat 2020 ……… 13

Shree Krishna Haveli project update…………… 14

Omnom ………………………………………………. 16

 

Bhugola- the Earth globe
 
Please also find below the link to Radha Mohan das’ latest Youtube video, based on Vedic astronomy. He provide facts and quotes supporting the notion that the ancient Vedic sadhus knew that the Earth is a globe, predating the Greeks. He has connected this presentation with some of his other ones such as Astronomy of the Bhagavat Purana and Invisible Realms in the Vedic Universe).
 

 

 

Sanctuary for the Soul

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

In the Hertfordshire countryside just north of London, Bhaktivedanta Manor, complete with its farmlands, beautiful gardens and temple is a real sanctuary for the soul. Open all year round to visitors and students of ancient wisdom, the temple offers a great experience with tours of the shrine, gardens and compassionate farm. See the rooms of the famous Hare Krishna guru Srila Prabhupada, to whom George Harrison gifted this iconic mock Tudor mansion. Visitors may participate in inspirational talks, yoga classes, mantra meditation, vegetarian cooking classes and various retreats.

Come and feel the peace, you certainly deserve it.