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Launch of Winter Book Marathon

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Every year, from the end of November till the end of December, devotees make a special effort to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books to interested public. 

As part of the launch of this year’s Winter Marathon, Mahatma prabhu will be giving classes in the Manor’s temple room on Sunday 17th November, at 7.45am and 5.30pm. 

If you would like to take part in this important service, in whatever capacity, please contact Divyanama prabhu:

divyanama@krishnatemple.com

Book launch by ISKCON UK pioneer Shyamasundar das

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

 

We are delighted to invite you to our mini Academic Conference at Bhaktivedanta Manor on Friday 15th November at 7.30pm. 
 
We will welcome Dr Dori Howard of Lecturer of Popular Music specialising in the history and social impact of The Beatles at Liverpool Hope University will be in conversation with HG Shyamasundar Prabhu, discussing the early days of the six pioneers in London and how they forged a relationship with the biggest band on the planet. The discussion will also look at the social impact of ISKCON today.
 
The event will conclude with a short talk by Shyamasundar Prabhu about his new book, Chasing Rhinos with the Swami 2 and a book signing.
Chasing Rhinos 2 focuses on the early stages of ISKCON in India.

 

ISKCON UK 50th Anniversary Dinner

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Bhaktivedanta Manor organised a special dinner at the Avanti House Secondary School, in honour of the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON’s establishment in the UK. The main invitees were disciples of Srila Prabhupada and other key senior devotees, and it was a great opportunity for the younger generations to serve, join in Srila Prabhupada Guru-Puja and listen to the memories of first generation of ISKCON devotees.


Speakers included Shyamasunder das, Gurudas, Malati dasi, Dhananjay das, former Manor President Akhandadhi das and Governing Body Commissioner (GBC) for ISKCON UK, Praghosa das.


The event was mainly organised by Kalakanti Radhika dasi, who, along with a dedicated team, worked tirelessly behind the scenes with the purpose of honouring their seniors.

Bala Gopal dasi oversaw the cooking of the three course dinner, Anuradha made a beautiful themed cake and the event was supported Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Senior Management.

“The event was a very uplifting and moving experience,” exclaimed Jyestha dasi, “A big thank you to everyone involved.” It definitely made an impact and it was greatly appreciated.” 

Thanks to Chris Caswell for his photography 

Annakuta – Govardhan Puja

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Monday 28th October 2019

Govardhana Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan. On this day, a hill of sweets is made from food prepared by the devotees, which is then offered to the Deities, and subsequently distributed to everyone. This is known as the “annakuta” ceremony. Cows are honoured as part of the festivities as well.

Celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor

12:00pm Go-Puja in the Goshalla
1:00pm Govardhan Puja

Note: Annakuta Darshan from 7:30am-6:00pm  (darshan will be closed between 5:00am-7:30am)

The story behind Govardhan Puja
The day after Diwali is referred to as Annakuta, or Govardhan Puja. On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) would hold a harvest festival in honor of King Indra, the demigod who provided the rains essential for the harvest.

One day, however, Lord Krishna wanted to teach Indra a lesson. He convinced the inhabitants of Vrindavan to honor Govardhan Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honor the cows and bulls who provided milk and ploughed the lands. Outraged, Indra retaliated with terrifying thunderstorms. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, calmly lifted Govardhan Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhan Hill, providing a giant umbrella to shelter the inhabitants of Vrindavan from the torrential rain. Realizing the futility of his actions, King Indra bowed down before the Lord with folded hands and offered prayers of supplication. In this way, Lord Krishna demonstrated that He is Deva Deva, the lord of the demigods, and that any purpose for which demigods might be worshiped could easily be served by worshiping Him, the cause of all causes.

Several thousand years later, on this same day, Srila Madhavendra Puri established a temple for the self-manifest Gopala Deity on top of Govardhan Hill.

To celebrate this festival, devotees build a replica of Govardhan Hill made of various opulent foods, worship Lord Krishna as the lifter of Govardhan Hill, worship the hill as His incarnation, and worship the cows and bulls who are dear to the Lord.

At the end of the festival, the hill of prasada (sanctified food) is distributed to the public. All Vaishnava temples in India observe this ceremony, and hundreds of people are given prasada according to the capacity of each temple.

Appointing a Haveli Manager or Haveli Service Provider

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Bhaktivedanta Manor is now looking for an highly qualified Haveli Manager or Haveli Service Provider to join their team – if you’re interested please click the links below, read the documents and apply!

(all relevant details are in the documents)

HAVELI APPLICATION BRIEF

HAVELI MANAGER JOB SPECIFICATION

HAVELI SERVICE PROVIDER SPECIFICATION

Newsletter July 2019 online

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

You can view the ‘July 2019’ edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter here:

It is a downloadable PDF file. 

JULY 2019 BHAKTIVEDANTA MANOR NEWSLETTER

Contents include:

London Chariot Festival ……………………………………..4
First ever Watford Chariot Festival…………………………5
Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Expo…………………………..6
Krishna Festival at Tetbury School and in Canterbury…6
Cambridge Strawberry Fair…………………………………6
Glastonbury…………………………………………………….7
“Live to Give” with Vaisesika das…………………………..7
Cancer well-being retreat 2019 …………………………..8
Gratitude shows gratitude to local company……………8
Walking for Hunger…………………………………………..9
Final lap of a marathon – the long run for Krishna……9
The Sunday Times covers ISKCON………………………10
Skoda commercial features the Gita……………………10
Ladies’ Ashram scriptural degree………………………..11
Organ Donation……………………………………………..11
New school aims to inspire creativity……………………12
Wonderful Worcester………………………………………..13
Willow Smith sings Govindam Prayers………………….13
Improving leadership and management……………….13
Deity Worship Gathering…………………………………..14
Birmingham 24-hour Kirtan ………………………………15
Devotees help host the Radlett Festival…………………15
In the Mood for a local café?……………………………..15
Shree Krishna Haveli project update……………………16
Magistrates Appointment…………………………………..18
New playground featuring Krishna’s pastimes ………18
European Communications Conference……………….19
National Communications Day…………………………..19
Bathing the Lord of the universe………………………….19
Honouring unidentified victims of the Holocaust ……20

 

 

 

Important Notice:

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Shri Krishna Janmashtami festival and the special activities will take place on Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th August, but NOT SATURDAY 24th

Sacred Rivers

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Join us for four nights of enlivening talks at Bhaktivedanta Manor.  Bhakti Rasamrita Swami will take us on a journey through some of the sacred rivers of India which have the potency to cleanse our sins and bring us closer to Krishna.

May 28th-31st

7pm-9:30pm

Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple room

 

 

Latest Manor Newsletter

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

You can view the ‘April 2019’ edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter here:

It is a downloadable PDF file. 

APRIL 2019 MANOR NEWSLETTER

Main Stories include: 

Celebrating the Golden Avatar

In honour of Lord Rama

50th anniversary of London’s first Krishna Temple

Shri Krishna Haveli update

The Manor’s resident sannyasi

Mother Isvari passes away

Appointments process reception at Windsor Castle

Watford Football Club

 

Kadamba Kanana Swami

Sunday, February 24th, 2019