Posts Tagged ‘1973’

Deity Worship in the Home

Friday, June 6th, 2014

with HG Pankajanghri das (ACBSP)

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“This Deity worship – this is training. The same thing will continue when you go to Vaikuntha or Vrndavana.” (Lecture on SB 2.3.1-3 – Los Angeles, May 22, 1972)

Deity worship is a key means by which to develop a personal conception of the Lord and the mood of service. In the home, it can help to make the Lord the centre of the household and worshippers to purify their existence. Ultimately it is the training ground for the spiritual world, and thus a fundamental aspect of one’s development in Krishna consciousness.

Furthermore, it was Srila Prabhupada’s desire that his followers develop the qualities of a brahmana. Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, sobriety etc. are all important aspects for the sadhaka to develop in her or his devotional life. But we often wonder how we can practically cultivate these virtues.

Please come to this seminar to gain insights into the following topics, and more:

– Principles of brahminical lifestyle
– Making the deity the centre of the home
– Standards of worship
– Developing brahminical qualities

“Every one of my disciples should become so nicely trained that they may all develop the brahminical qualities.” (Letter to Turya – Calcutta January 27, 1973)

Course Date: Sunday 22nd June 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: ===Full House===

===Full House===

For more information, please email or call 07539314457.

About the speaker:

HG Pankajanghri das joined the Manor and became an initiated disciple of HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1973. He was present for the installation of Sri Sri Radha Gokhulananda in the same year.

Soon afterwards, he visited Sridhama Mayapur, an experience that completely blew him away. He decided to settle in Mayapur in 1974 and took up pujari services, serving alongside his twin brother Jananivas das. Since then, both have remained there and become established as amongst the leading authorities on deity worship within ISKCON. Pankajanghri das is regularly requested by other ISKCON centres around the world to share his expertise on deity worship as well as other aspects of Krishna Consciousness.

This is a rare opportunity to hear from him and have a chance to ask questions in relation to deity worship within the home. This is not a session to be missed.

Celebrating 40 years

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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In August 1973 a few hundred devotees celebrated the installation of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda during the Janmashtami festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Over the duration of this year 100,000 pilgrims are expected to visit! Today Bhaktivedanta Manor is a centre of excellence, the heart of a huge devotional community and is internationally renown.

41 years ago the late Beatle George Harrison noticed that the temple in Bury Place near the British Museum was overcrowded. With overwhelming generosity he offered to donate a much larger property ‘somewhere  within easy travelling distance from London’. From May 1972 he worked with some disciples of Srila Prabhupada to find somewhere suitable.

On a snowy January in 1973 Dhananjaya das arrived at a mock Tudor mansion called Piggot’s Manor, in Aldenham which was up for sale. Seeing the tremendous potential, he phoned George and told him he had found exactly what everyone was looking for. George, who was about to leave for the US, gave Dhananjaya das permission to go ahead and that day a hugely significant event took place in ISKCON’s remarkable history.

After the exchange of contracts took place, 25 enthusiastic devotees moved in and renamed the estate Bhaktivedanta  Manor. Almost immediately, at the request of Srila Prabhupada, they turned their attention to the task of preparing to install the deities of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda in time for Janmashtami.

Srila Prabhupada and his disciples install Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda

                         The day of the installation

The deities were already dear to Srila Prabhupada: he had built up a relationship with them during a pandal program in Delhi and later asked his disciples to fly Them to Britain. From May 1972 They were kept in the Bury Place temple and the original intention was that They would be installed in an ISKCON centre in Edinburgh.  However, after the  Manor estate was donated, it became clear that Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda had plans of Their own!

And so it was that on Janmashtami, August 1973, the auspicious day of Their installation at Bhaktivedanta Manor had arrived. In front of ISKCON devotees from across Europe, Hindu community representatives, pop stars and local VIPs, Srila Prabhupada personally installed Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda in the Temple room of Bhaktivedanta Manor. By Prabhupada’s grace a great temple was established with a devotional tradition now spanning 40 years.

Srila Prabhupada performed arati to Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda

                    Srila Prabhupada performing arati 

Before we embark on a momentous year of celebrations to mark these 40 years we would like to say that we are  humbled by all the wonderful service that so many devotees have given. Their hard work and dedication to Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda  makes Bhaktivedanta Manor a shining jewel in ISKCON.

There are many devotees to thank and we will be showing our appreciation to them. There are many magnificent events that have happened over the last 40 bumper years, we will be enlivened hearing stories of our early beginnings and the struggles and successes that followed.

Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda

                  Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda

It will be a great opportunity to remember and appreciate Srila Prabhupada and his wonderful gift of service to Their Lordships.

‘40 years of devotion’ at Bhaktivedanta Manor will begin with a grand Adi Vaas Puja on Sunday 24th March this year – on this day we will be celebrating Gaura Purnima and Holi at our first public festival of the year.


It’s certainly going to be a year to look forward to–  so stay tuned in and watch this space!