Archive for the ‘Diwali & Annakuta’ Category

Damodar Lila audio drama

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Devotional fun for the family:

The Temple drama group, the Bhaktivedanta Players, have made a seasonal audio play for you to enjoy:


 

 

 

Diwali and Annakut Message

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Message from Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Temple President

Wishing you all the best best during this festive season.
Hare Krishna – – Please stay safe.

Diwali & Annakuta

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Diwali & Annakuta Darshan will be available from Saturday 14th  –  Sunday 15th November 2020.

In adherence with National Lockdown, this year’s Diwali & Anakuta will be simpler, focusing on giving you the opportunity for individual Prayers (Darshan) of the Lord. 

To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a limited ticketed entry system for which you will need to prebook online for free. This system has been working well it has been hailed as being safe and effective, by local authorities and visitors alike. Please book your Diwali & annakuta darshan time and ensure you bring the confirmation with you. 

Book a ticket

Tickets for 14 & 15 are booked now, if anyone cancels they will become available again. Please note temple is open everyday so please select another day

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 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:

A seasonal message from Visakha Dasi, Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Temple President:

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

 

Diwali & Annakuta Appeal

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Please accept my best wishes and the blessings of Lord Shree Krishna. I hope you are well and coping with the second national lockdown, which has brought more challenges, especially for celebrating this year’s Diwali and Annakuta in the temple.  

Normally at this time, lots of  devotees would be happily working in our temple kitchens to prepare many different types of sweets and savouries to offer Shree Krishna for His Annakuta. With the second lockdown in place and in keeping with government guidelines ensuring everyone’s safety, we will have only a small crew of devotees to cook various offerings.

We will strive to make a very beautiful offering for Lord Krishna’s pleasure, but it will be smaller than normal. Your seva is appreciated, and as soon as lockdown conditions have been lifted, the temple will ensure that prasad thalis and your dedications are offered to Lord Krishna for His pleasure. Your donations will also be used for the darshan festival, including providing ready-packed prasad for all the pilgrims who attend. 

Once the lockdown conditions have been lifted, we will post maha prasad to everyone who has sponsored thalis. Of course, I appreciate your seva in every way and if you have any queries, please email: bmf@krishnatemple.com

Even with the national lockdown, the temple remains open for individual prayers (darshan). Please book your visit at www.krishnatemple.com/tickets

Life has changed and may never be quite the same again, yet the peace, hope and strength we find from our spiritual connection with Krishna empowers us to face whatever may come. Shree Giri Govardhana ki jai!

We remain grateful to you for your continued support.

Donate Securely online at:

https://crm.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=7

 

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.

Diwali 2019

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Hare Krishna,

On behalf of the Festival Committee (FC) we are taking this opportunity to inform you that we have taken the decision to cancel the Diwali festival that was due to take place on Sunday at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Due to the wet weather in recent weeks and after much deliberation we came to this unfortunate decision as the car parking fields are not in a good state to park vehicles over the weekend. Diwali at Bhaktivedanta Manor is a very popular event and very well attended therefore the requirement of good parking facilities is important, furthermore we have a commitment to the local area of ensuring our public events creates minimal disruption to their everyday lives – this means we make sure all visitors are parking within Bhaktivedanta Manor estate.

One of our priorities is to deliver festivals that provide exceptional visitor experience in a safe environment and ensure that the estate has minimum disruption or damage. On this occasion our assessment has identified the risk to visitor experience and further damage to the fields.

We thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter and let us assure you that we are looking for longer term solutions.

As Diwali is this weekend we are sure many of you will still want to visit the temple on Sunday & Monday. Just to clarify there will be no kirtan and drama tent on Sunday and the fireworks have also been cancelled.

Darshan will be available over the two days however if you are planning to visit – please allow extra time to get to the temple and may we request that all visitors follow the advice and directions of the Car Parking team once you have entered Bhaktivedanta Manor. The volunteers in the parking team as always will try and ensure that everyone is parked as easily and quickly as possible – your patience in this matter is appreciated.

If you are visiting this weekend – we look forward to seeing you. If you have decide that this year you are not planning to come to the temple – then we look forward to seeing you very soon at Bhaktivedanta Manor

Hare Krishna

Happy Diwali…

Diwali 2018

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

DiwaliSunday 4th November 2018

Diwali, meaning ‘festival of lights’, is one of the most widely celebrated occasions in the year. Diwali is observed not only by Hindus but also by Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. The central theme for  is derived from the epic Ramayana.

Diwali is celebrated with elaborate firework displays, candles and lamps. Join us at Bhaktivedanta Manor for a colourful stage show with drama and traditional dance and of course, a spectacular fireworks display at 6.30pm that will have every face turned towards the skies.

3:00pm Cultural show begins
6:30pm Grand Fireworks Display
7.00pm Free Vegetarian Meal (Prasadam)
7:30pm Offering of Candles

Note: darshan is available throughout the day from 12 noon until 9.30pm

Bus service 

There will be a bus service from Stanmore Station for Diwali See page for details

Bus Service from Stanmore

Parking advice

Please be aware that we expect significant traffic levels entering and exiting the temple, bear with the volunteers in the car park.

  • Please do not park in roads surrounding the temple there is always plenty of parking available in the temple grounds
  • Parking in the village and surrounding roads creates congestion for entry and exit of vehicles and potential disharmony with the local residents
  • Please note there will be queues entering and exiting the temple at peak hours please plan accordingly – especially after the fireworks display
  • Please listen to and bear with the volunteers at all times

Immediately after the fireworks display there will be Dharshan, prasadam served in the tent .
We advise waiting for a while after the fireworks to avoid being caught in traffic at the same time.

Diwali 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

DiwaliSunday 22nd October 2017

Diwali, meaning ‘festival of lights’, is one of the most widely celebrated occasions in the year. Diwali is observed not only by Hindus but also by Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. The central theme for Hindus is derived from the epic Ramayana, but the festival also marks the traditional New Year’s Eve.

Diwali is celebrated with elaborate firework displays, candles and lamps. Join us at Bhaktivedanta Manor for a colourful stage show with drama and traditional dance and of course, a spectacular fireworks display at 6.30pm that will have every face turned towards the skies.

3:00pm Cultural show begins
6:30pm Grand Fireworks Display
7.00pm Free Vegetarian Meal (Prasadam)
7:30pm Offering of Candles

Note: darshan is available throughout the day from 12 noon until 9.30pm

Parking advice

Please be aware that we expect significant traffic levels entering and exiting the temple, bear with the volunteers in the car park.

  • Please do not park in roads surrounding the temple there is always plenty of parking available in the temple grounds
  • Parking in the village and surrounding roads creates congestion for entry and exit of vehicles and potential disharmony with the local residents
  • Please note there will be queues entering and exiting the temple at peak hours please plan accordingly – especially after the fireworks display
  • Please listen to and bear with the volunteers at all times

Immediately after the fireworks display there will be Dharshan, prasadam served in the tent .
We advise waiting for a while after the fireworks to avoid being caught in traffic at the same time.

Govardhan Puja & Annakuta

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Friday 20th October 2017

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

4:30am Mangal Arati
7:30am Deity Greeting
8:00 am Special Class by HG Kripamoya Das
9:30 am Damodarastakam and candles offering
12:00am Go-Puja in the Goshalla
1:00pm Govardhana Hill arrives in the Tent
1:30pm Goverdhan Puja in the Tent
2:15pm Free Vegetarian Meal (Prasadam)

Note: Annakuta Darshan from 7:30am-7:30pm  (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.

Diwali 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

diwali-web-2016

DiwaliSunday 30th October 2016

Diwali, meaning ‘festival of lights’, is one of the most widely celebrated occasions in the year. Diwali is observed not only by Hindus but also by Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. The central theme for Hindus is derived from the epic Ramayana, but the festival also marks the traditional New Year’s Eve.

Diwali is celebrated with elaborate firework displays, candles and lamps. Join us at Bhaktivedanta Manor for a colourful stage show with drama and traditional dance and of course, a spectacular fireworks display at 6.30pm that will have every face turned towards the skies.

3:00pm Cultural show begins
6:30pm Grand Fireworks Display
7.00pm Free Vegetarian Meal (Prasadam)
7:30pm Offering of Candles

Note: darshan is available throughout the day from 12 noon until 9.30pm

Parking advice

Please be aware that we expect significant traffic levels entering and exiting the temple, bear with the volunteers in the car park.

  • Please do not park in roads surrounding the temple there is always plenty of parking available in the temple grounds
  • Parking in the village and surrounding roads creates congestion for entry and exit of vehicles and potential disharmony with the local residents
  • Please note there will be queues entering and exiting the temple at peak hours please plan accordingly – especially after the fireworks display
  • Please listen to and bear with the volunteers at all times

Immediately after the fireworks display there will be Dharshan, prasadam served in the tent .
We advise waiting for a while after the fireworks to avoid being caught in traffic at the same time.