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Snana Yatra

Monday, July 19th, 2021

It’s been 13 years since Lord Jagannath’s Snana Yatra at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Come bathe the Lord in the Sri Krishna Haveli at Bhaktivedanta Manor.  London Rathayatra will take place on Sunday 8th August www.rathayatra.co.uk

10:30-13:00 Abhishek of Lord Jaganannath, Baladeva & Lady Subhadra

14:00-16:30 Arti & Hathi Vesha (elephant outfit) Darshan

16:30 Lord Jagannath leaves Bhaktivedanta Manor

Please Note:

  • You must have a ticket
  • Please arrive at your allocated time.
  • Entrance via Sri Krishna Haveli
  • We strongly advise that Masks must be worn indoors at all times.
  • No bowing down or sitting down
  • After abhishek you can go to the temple room for darshan
tickets for Snana Yatra

KINDLY NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET & A MASK TO ENTER THE TEMPLE. 

What to expect on arrival

In line with our risk assessment and COVID plan, you and your travelling party will need to:

1. Have a valid booking – WITHOUT A VALID TICKET FOR ALL OF YOUR TRAVELLING PARTY YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ENTRY

Visitors are to arrive 10 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 thermometer. If anyone in your party exceeds the normal temperature of >37.8c degrees or more, 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 volunteers

It is strongly advised that face masks be worn for the duration of your visit.

4. Devotees will guide you through the Abhishek:

5. Maintain social distancing between you and other individuals i.e. 2m gap  (families can stand together)

6. Please try and avoid touching any surfaces

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

Events Honouring Janakinath Das

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Memorial event:

We warmly invite you to a celebration of the life and legacy of our dear HG Janakinath Prabhu, who spent the last 15 years selflessly serving at Bhaktivedanta Manor and put a smile on the faces of all he met. To honour him, we’ll be hosting a 3-day virtual memorial event:

Sunday 18th July, 7pm to 9pm BST- Addresses from senior devotees around the world.

Monday 19th July, 7pm to 9pm BST- Addresses from the Pandava Sena.

Tuesday 20th July, 7pm to 9pm BST – Address from the Brahmachari’s that served with HG Janakinath Prabhu.

Zoom: https://bit.ly/janakinath_memorial
Meeting ID: 831 9002 9529
Passcode: Radhe

If the zoom is full, please join via YouTube:
https://youtube.com/c/BhaktivedantaManorMedia

Final Rites

We invite everyone for the final rites of HG Janakinath Prabhu. This will take place on Tuesday 20th July 2021. The schedule is as follows:

(Ceremonies at Bhaktivedanta Manor)
10.00am: Circumambulation of the Temple (congregate in North Car Park)
11.00am: Final Rites (on front Lawn)

1.00pm: Cremation Ceremony

Due to restricted space and safety we request all devotees to join the Cremation ceremony online at 1.00pm:

https://watch.obitus.com
Username: musa7640
Password: 915181

Share your prayers and memories of Janakinath das

Submit your memory or prayer

 

Janmashtami 2021

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

This year’s Janmashtami celebration will be a ticketed event to limit numbers on site. No entry without a valid booking.

The celebrations will be held over three days: Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th August .

Features of the festival will include:

  • Darshan (visit the shrine)
  • Free Prasad (sanctified food)
  • Visit the cows & bulls
  • Enjoy Kirtan, Drama & Dance
  • Gift shop
  • Food stalls

Tickets will be released in batches after 16th August.

This page will be updated closer to the time with more details.

Donate for Janmashtami

 

Vacancy: Deity Cook

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Here at Bhaktivedanta Manor we are looking for an individual too help cook for the pleasure of our deities full time.

Key responsibilities include

  • Cooking various offerings to a high standard

Core Competencies:

  • Attention to detail,
  • Should be able to cook multiple items together.
  • Ability to work in a team,
  • Should have knowledge of Indian style cooking & experience of deity standard cooking

Qualification & Eligibility:

  • Should be a 2nd initiated practising Vaishnava

Location: Hare Krishna Temple, Bhaktivedanta Manor, Hilfield Lane, Watford WD25 8EZ

Hours: 35 hours a week

If you are up for the challenge get in touch by 16th July.

Contact – vrindarika@krishnatemple.com

Vacancy: Catering Manager

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Here at Bhaktivedanta Manor we are looking for a Catering Manager  to oversee the day to day operations of all the different kitchens which are serving our vast community. 

Key responsibilities include

  • Coordinating All the different Kitchens
  • Providing Prasadam meals for all Visitors & Residents
  • Catering for private events, weddings, café and take away.
  • Overseeing / ordering groceries & other items
  • Overseeing Food Hygiene Standards & Health & safety
  • Managing Personnel

Core Competencies:

  • Attention to detail,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills,
  • Ability to work in a team,
  • Commitment to meet targets and deadlines,
  • Should have expert knowledge of industrial kitchen and restaurant management.
  • Should be a an initiated practising Vaishnava

Qualification & Eligibility:

  • Minimum 5yrs work experience
    • desirable in in an ISKCON setting
  • Food Safety Qualifications
  • Should have expert knowledge of industrial kitchen and restaurant management.

Location: Hare Krishna Temple, Bhaktivedanta Manor, Hilfield Lane, Watford WD25 8EZ

Hours: 35 hours a week

If you are up for the challenge get in touch by 1st August.

Contact – pradeep@krishnatemple.com

Vacancy: Part Time Management Accountant

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Here at Bhaktivedanta Manor we are  looking for a part time Management Accountant to join us to assist in the managerial and operational decision-making tasks by providing appropriate financial information and undertaking related accounts administration.

Key responsibilities include

  • Prepare annual budgets & reports,
  • Prepare periodic financial statements & commentaries,
  • Assist in the annual financial audit,
  • Monthly actual v budget reports and commentaries,
  • Reconcile bank accounts and other nominal ledger accounts periodically,
  • Audit existing internal accounts procedures,
  • Initiate and implement accounting procedures for new revenue streams & epos systems,
  • Prepare and file periodic VAT returns,
  • Consolidate Inter Company and Intra Centre accounts,
  • Guide accounting technicians

Location: Hare Krishna Temple, Bhaktivedanta Manor, Hilfield Lane, Watford WD25 8EZ

Hours: 2-3 days a week, 0900-17:00

Core Competencies:

  • High aptitude in numeracy and analytical tasks,
  • Attention to detail,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills,
  • Ability to work in a team,
  • Commitment to meet targets and deadlines,
  • Sound business knowledge,
  • Demonstratable advanced knowledge of Microsoft software and in particular Microsoft Excel,
  • Experience of Sage 50 accounting software and IRIS payroll software or similar.
  • Qualification & Eligibility:
  • Minimum 3yrs work experience,
  • CIMA/ACCA qualified. (Would consider part qualified if experienced),
  • Desirable though not essential, experience of working in the charity sector,
  • Desirable though not essential – Experience and understanding of Vaishnava Hinduism and willing to abide by Vaishnava Hindu practices in the workplace.

If you are up for the challenge get in touch by 30th July.

Contact – pradeep@krishnatemple.com

Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Book

Monday, June 28th, 2021

As we approach the Janmashtami Festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor on 28-30 August 2021, we also prepare to celebrate the most blessed Vyasa Puja festival for Srila Prabhupada, which occurs the day after Janmashtami, on Tuesday 31 August 2021. This marks the 125th year since Srila Prabhupada’s birth, so we want to make a special offering to him.

As part of this festival, Srila Prabhupada himself instituted the production of a Vyasa Puja book of offerings by his followers. By writing a heartfelt offering and having it printed in a book that’s presented to Srila Prabhupada on that blessed day, all of Srila Prabhupada’s followers can express their gratitude to him.

Due to the pandemic we won’t be celebrating Vyasa Puja in the usual manner again this year, so we urge each and every devotee to send an offering expressing their appreciation of Srila Prabhupada. He is so worthy of our remembrance, appreciation, gratitude, glorification, and prayers. Please take the time to write an offering and send it by Sunday 25 July 2021. Since it’s the 125th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s appearance, we would like to have all his followers contribute this year. Please write an offering!

Email your offering to: vyasapuja@krishnatemple.com.

Your offering doesn’t have to be long – a paragraph or a small poem will be much appreciated. There’s no word limit; what we seek is some words from your heart. If you’d like support in writing your offering go to:

https://sites.google.com/site/iskconcapechat/home/guru-group/how-to-write-vyasapuja-offerings

Last years Vyasa Puja offerings

https://mixam.co.uk/share/5f16f6c18c96656f25b85861

School of Bhakti Review

Friday, June 25th, 2021

The first half of 2021 has been full of excitement at the School of Bhakti. More students, more volunteers, more initiatives and more hearts transformed! We’ve been progressing onwards, flying upwards, and now, with the potential of the world opening up, hoping to reach further outwards! Something is in the air… the magic is unfolding…

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Early Morning Programme

Monday, June 21st, 2021

It’s been over a year and half since those of us not living at Bhaktivedanta Manor have been able to come to the morning programme, so we are very happy to welcome you to the morning programme on Sundays at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Please Note:

  • Entrance via Sri Krishna Haveli
  • Proof of Negative Lateral Flow Test done in last 3 days (photo / message / card) on arrival – (alternatively test kits will be provided, arrive 20 minutes early to do the test on site)
  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times.
  • You will be able to stay for the whole duration of the booking
  • Singing out loud is not allowed indoors.
  • No bowing down or sitting down in the temple room (Sri Krishna Haveli will have chairs & cushions for class & japa)
  • The residents will have a separate programme.
  • Access limited to Sri Krishna Haveli & Temple room

4 Parts (book the parts that you will attend)

Mangal Arati – (4:30am – 5:30am)

Mangal Arati, Nrsimha Prayers & Tulsi Puja in temple room.

Japa – (5:30am – 6:50am)

In Sri Krishna Haveli Kirtan Hall & Courtyard

Deity Greeting & Guru Puja – (6:55am – 7:30am)

Greeting the deities (govindam prayers)

Guru Puja & Offering flowers to Srila Prabhupada

Class – (7:30am – 9:00am)

CC Class in the Sri Krishna Haveli

Breakfast in courtyard for all class attendees

Darshan available between 7:30am & 7:45am

tickets for Early morning programme

(tickets are released on Fridays)

 

KINDLY NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET & A MASK TO ENTER THE TEMPLE. 

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 10 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 thermometer. If anyone in your party exceeds the normal temperature of >37.8c degrees or more, 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 volunteers

It is absolutely mandatory that face masks be worn for the duration of your visit.

4. Devotees will guide you through the morning programme. At this time we ask that you:

  • maintain social distancing between you and other individuals i.e. 2m gap – the markings on the floor will help you maintain the distance (families can stand together)
  • do not stop to speak to others who have come / are leaving darshan
  • In line with government guidance, please refrain from singing out loud
  • Please try and avoid touching any surfaces

5. Where required access to toilets will be made available.

6. Finally, please stay within the temple room and Sri Krishna Haveli areas 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

Covid Updates on Temple

Friday, June 18th, 2021

Bhaktivedanta Manor is delighted to have been open to the public on a daily basis for a full year. The management continues to ensure that more facilities are safely offered to our guests, strictly following all government guidelines.

“Go Slow Approach”

Visiting Bhaktivedanta Manor – Ticketed entry continues

Even when restrictions are lifted we will continue to have ticketed entry for some time and will be very gradual in bringing things back to pre-covid times. 

Other Events

Following government advice, we will be hosting certain events in a Covid-safe way. That will include:

Janmashtami & other Festivals – ticketed 

This year’s Janmashtami celebration will allow as many people as possible within social distancing rules. Like last year, it will be ticketed. We will have celebrations over three days: Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th August (Saturday 28th is TBC). Details will be available online closer to the time.

Details of other festivals and special days will be available online, close to each event.

Residents

Our resident devotees have continued our high standard of daily Deity worship as well as provided online spiritual support. Even after restrictions are fully lifted they will continue in a separate bubble for sometime.