The word Dusshera comes from the word `dus` meaning `ten’ and `hara`, meaning `annihilated`, referring to the destruction of the ten-headed Ravana. The festival marks the victory of Lord Rama, over this demonic king and the subsequent rescue of Lord Rama’s wife Sita.

This pastime appears in the great epic Ramayana, which will be enacted by the temple’s youth group, Pandava Sena. At the drama’s climax, with the final arrow shot by Lord Rama, a huge effigy of Ravana will burst into flames. Dusshera is celebrated with great enthusiasm and excitement at Bhaktivedanta Manor with many expected to join us in the festivities.

We look forward to seeing you on the day. Free ticket required for entry (see below).


Programme in the Sri Krishna Haveli – Kirtan Hall

2:00pm – Bhajans & Kirtan

5:00pm – Glories of Lord Rama – discourse

5:30pm – Ramayan Drama by Pandava Sena youth – (Following the drama, Lord Ram will lead everyone outside for the burning of Ravana)


6pm – Burning of Ravana


What happens if I arrive without a ticket between 2pm – 7:30pm?

In order to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor between these times, a ticket is required. If tickets are still available, we may ask you to book a ticket online via your phone. If not you may not be able to enter.

Can I come before or after the event time (2pm – 7:30pm)?

Yes. Everyone is welcome to come to Bhaktivedanta Manor before 2pm, and after 7:30pm. But if you arrive during the event time (2pm – 7:30pm), then you will need an entry  ticket to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor, as without a ticket in those times, you will not be allowed entry. If you arrive before 2pm, you will be allowed to stay for the rest of the day without a ticket.

How long can I stay?

Once you have enetered at your alloted ticket time, you are welcome to stay and enjoy all the festivities for as long as you like. Note: The festival will be ending at 7:30pm, and the entrance gates will be closed at 9:30pm.

DO I need to book one ticket per person or for the family?

Each entry ticket is per person. so if you have 3 people please book 3 tickets.

What if I arrive earlier / later than my booked arrival time?

If you arrive 30 mins before or after your booked arrival time, then you will still be allowed entry. Any earlier than that, we may ask you to please come back later, closer to your booked time. Any later than that, we will try our best to accommodate you, but it may not be possible to allow entry due to limited parking. Please arrive as close to your booked arrival time as possible.

Will there be parking available?

Yes. There is free parking available, but please be aware that parking spaces are limited making it important that you arrive during your allotted arrival time. 

Will there be prasadam (sanctified food)?

Yes. There will be prasadam available to purchase via the Cafe all day, as well as free prasadam served in the afternoon and in the evening.

Will the rest of the Temple grounds be open?

Yes. You will be able to walk around the Temple grounds and enjoy the full experience. The Goshala (Farm) will also be open to visit and feed the cows.

What happens if the ‘burning of Ravana’ is cancelled due to bad weather?

In the event of bad weather that forces the outdoor burning of Ravana to be cancelled, then activities will continue indoors in the Sri Krishna Haveli.

Will anything be happening on the actual Dusshera day (Fri, 15th)?

Normal aratis and darshan will continue, but all festivities will be on Sunday, 17th October.


Book your entry tickets for dusshera

Entry tickets needed between 2pm- 7.30pm  – (No ticket/No entry)