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40 Years of Devotion

Monday, November 11th, 2013

It took thousands of people forty years to make Bhaktivedanta Manor the vibrant spiritual community it is today; and every single one of them played a vital part.
It all began with the vision of a pure devotee of Lord Krishna, and it continues today through the good work of those who are dedicated to him. The next forty years of the Manor will be in the hands of another generation: those who are sufficiently inspired by what he created to protect it, and give it to the world.

In these few pages we present a glimpse of the history of the Manor through a selection of photographs spanning four decades. Not every individual gets a personal mention, but we’ve included all the major events that helped preserve the Manor from its early beginnings and through its many challenges. We look forward to the next forty years and invite all our readers to join together in creating the future of the community.

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September 2013 Newsletter

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

The latest Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter is a special bumper edition, with 12 pages. (see below). There are many prominent stories in this edition  and here are a few:


“God and Glastonbury”

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary in style

New Outfits for Their Lordships

Renovating Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda’s Altar for the 40th

Delrow House’s 50th Anniversary


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Vision 2020 Launched

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Vision 2020 Launched

Over the last two and a half years a team of devotees representing a cross section of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s various communities have worked hard conversing about the Temple’s past, present and potential future.

Both the Vision Statement and Our Future in the Making documents can be viewed below.


On Wednesday 11th September the team finalised and launched the Vision for Bhaktivedanta Manor. This Vision Statement is intended to assist and guide current and future decision-makers. While building on current strengths and redressing elements of direction, the vision sets out a steady course for a future concurrence with the directives of Srila Prabhupada.

The Vision 2020 launch began with Sruti Dharma das, Temple President, thanking the team and welcoming the vision. Next the local Governing Body Commissioner Praghosa das spoke, impressing upon the benefits of such work. Sitaram das, the Vision 2020 Facilitator along with Krish Raval, explained the background and progressive steps of the project.

SRDAkhandadhi das then presented salient points, emphasising that the statement was not a plan of  future actions but far more representative of the values and culture that we all want to see further consolidated. Following group discussions and questions and answers, Gauri das spoke of the initial plans toward achieving the principles as set out in the Vision.

If you are interested to learn more please email:


The full Bhaktivedanta Manor Vision Statement can be viewed here:-

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To learn ‘how we got there’ view Our Future in the  Making here:

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Requesting photos and stories

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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Dear Friends,

Since publishing the commemorative magazine Bhaktivedanta Manor: 40 Years of Devotion it has been brought to our attention that some readers felt our portrayal of the Manor’s history was lacking in sufficient details. Some names of important devotees were not mentioned and some historical episodes not included.

Unfortunately, things like this do sometimes happen when you’re trying to tell a story that spans four decades – but you only have 20 pages to do it. Something – or someone – is going to be left out. Knowing this, we focused on the major projects and events in each decade. Inadvertently, however, we seem to have overlooked some important aspects and major contributions.

Our thoughts were that every single devotee in the history of the Manor has made an absolutely essential contribution and has a story worth telling. All their services helped the Manor become what it is today and they deserve all gratitude and respect. Yet our magazine was a small offering for the 40th Anniversary year and was not meant to be an exhaustive and comprehensive chronicle of events and devotee contributors.

But we’re sorry about this editorial lapse and would like to make amends. So we’ll be putting together an expanded, online version. So we’d like to invite you to send us your scanned images and stories for potential  inclusion – and we’d like to have them within the next month. The editors would then short list and include what was felt appropriate.

That way the 40th Anniversary year can be completed with recognition for many more devotees who have contributed their time and efforts to creating, maintaining and protecting this Temple.

Please send your images, scanned if possible, to:

Altar Completion and New Outfits

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013


For three weeks Lad Construction have been completely renovating the entire altar area in the Temple room and now we are delighted to announce that this morning, on Wednesday 14th August, it was complete! Everyone is now able to view the magnificent work that had been done.


Also, as an extra special offering to Their Lordships during the 40th Anniversary: Gorgeous new outfits for all the Deities on the altar. The outfits were made by Ramadevi with help from many devotees  who came to sew and decoratively embroider the cloth.


Ramadevi learnt how to sew from a very young age and her first opportunity to use her skills within ISKCON was when Srila Prabhupada first came to Edinburgh.


On the altar there is now new marble flooring, under floor heating, intricate LED lighting, air conditioning and heating, electrics and plumbing  renewal, purpose built furniture for all of Krishna’s clothes and articles of worship, gold leafing for the altar (singhasan) and new curtains.

“ For two decades I have seen Radha Gokulananda inspiring hearts and changing lives,” explained Head Pujari Gadadhar das. “Over the last 40 years we had worn out the facilities with the endless service and worship, it was time to offer the best we can with a complete refurbishment.”

Thank you for your patience during the time of inconvenience.

Altar Renovation Updated

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

As part of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Anniversary Celebrations we will be renovating the Altar of Their Lordships in the Temple room.

The renovation work will commence on Monday 22nd July 2013 and will continue for the next three weeks. Scheduled to be completed on 12th August 2013.

During this time, the Deity Worship  will go on as normal and at the scheduled times.

There will be a temporary Altar in the Temple Room, which will reduce available space.  The Temple Room will remain closed/locked from 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.



With day one completed, the temporary altar was built, temporary lighting installed, the deities were moved successfully, and the altar room sealed from the front and opened from the back. The entire area has been ripped out and the floor is 70% lifted. The heavy drilling should end today.

Jobs for today are clearing the area, wiring, levelling floor, underfloor heating, cleaning and sealing the gold altar. As tomorrow morning Paris Ceramics, a high end specialists in marble and stone floorings, arrive to begin laying the new floor, the area needs to be spick and span for Them.

We are saving what we can of the original mosaic floor that Srila Prabhupada walked on. There is a plan in place for what we will do with it. It was unfortunate that we could not just restore the original floor as the marble tiles had been cemented onto it.

Thank you for you patience during this time of inconvenience.



More 40th Anniversary memories

Friday, June 28th, 2013


Celebrating 40 years of Radha Gokulananda


The latest 40th Anniversary  remembrances of the early days of Bhaktivedanta Manor are as follows:-

Saturday 6th July, 7.45am, – Sakshi Gopal das
Sunday 7th July, 7.45am- Ranchor das


Sakshi Gopal

Srila Prabhupada “A Living Bhagavat”

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Prabhupada katha evening

Radha Gokulananda Utsava

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Celebrating 40 years of Radha Gokulananda

On Wednesday 17th July Bhaktivedanta Manor will be holding a special Vaishnava community get-together celebrating 40 years since the installation of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda. Everyone is welcome!




4:30 am- Mangal Arati

7:00 am- Deity Greeting, Jhulan, bhajan and kirtan

7:50 am- Guru Puja

8:20am– Special Class by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada on Installation of

Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda 

9.00am–        Breakfast

9.30am–  Guided tour of the new George Harrison Garden

10.10am –  Video footage of Srila Prabhupada at the Manor

10.30am – Introduction to the 40th Anniversary

10.50am– Disciples of Srila Prabhupada share memories and realisations

12.15pm – Program moves to marquee

12.30pm – The Bhaktivedanta Players will perform a drama premier called “Jaya Prabhupada: The Mission comes to London”.

…followed by Prasadam feast


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10 Hour Kirtan

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013


In all the vedic scriptures there is one spiritual practice that is praised the most for its efficacy in spiritual enlighteninga practitioner, this is the congregational chanting of the holy name or the Nama Sankirtana Yajna.

As an offering of love to our Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda the devotees at Bhaktivedanta manor are gathering once a month on a sunday to chant the holy names of the lord together for 10 hours non stop. By engaging in this most sublime of processes we will uplift our own consciousness and share the gift of bhakti with all who participate sincerely.

You are cordial invited to join in. The Nama Yajna is so wonderful merciful that anyone can join in, you simply have to bring your voice and sing with your heart. It is said that one who once chants the holy name of Lord Hari with asincere heart, the path to Vaikuntha is laid wide open.

Monthly 10 Hour Kirtanas will be held from 11.30am to 9.30pm
The Dates are:

May Sunday 19th
June Sunday 2nd
July Sunday 21st
August Sunday 11th
September Sunday 15th
October Sunday 20th

PS:  these dates are subject to change please check the dates before making a special journey to attend the events.