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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

 

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.

Govardhan Puja & Annakuta

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

govardhan puja 2016

Monday 31st October 2016

Govardhan Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhan 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
12:00am Go-Puja in the Goshalla
1:00pm Govardhan Hill arrives in the Tent
1:30pm Govardhan Puja in the Tent
2:30pm 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.

Govardhan Puja & Annakuta

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

govardhan puja3

Thursday 12th November 2015

Govardhan Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhan 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
12:00am Go-Puja in the Goshalla
1:00pm Govardhan Hill arrives in the Tent
1:30pm Govardhan Puja in the Tent
2:30pm 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 & Annakuta Festival Appeal

Friday, October 30th, 2015

diwali-letter

My dear Friends & Devotees

Hare Krishna. Please accept my heartfelt best wishes and the blessings of Shree Krishna.

Just a few weeks ago, Bhaktivedanta Manor was transformed into a wonderful festival arena, to celebrate Shree Krishna Janmashtami. Thousands of devotees attended and one comment stood out for me, from Mrs Pattni of Luton, Beds. She wrote: “My experience of the festival,the darshan,watching the plays, philosophy, music, dance presentations, prasad, the immense efforts of volunteers and temple devotees- it’s just simply awesome! There is only one place to be for Janmashtami in the world for me – Hare Krishna Temple Watford.” I hope you made it too and had an enlivening spiritual experience.

Very soon, the very auspicious Kartik or Damodar month will be upon us; a month brimming with festivals including Diwali and Annakuta. Just like the Christmas and New Year sales (where one expects to bag expensive items at giveaway prices) whatever ‘seva’ one does in this period attracts blessings that are magnified a thousand times.

Friends, please try and make a simple vow, to help your spiritual progress. Your sankalpa could be to visit the temple more often, to chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra for 5 mins extra daily, to read scripture daily and to offer incense or a ghee lamp to Krishna regularly.

In appreciation of your committed friendship and generosity please find enclosed this very beautiful A6 soft magnetic blessings card. I am absolutely sure that you will be able to make some space on your fridge door or any metal surface; it will always remind you of Lord Krishna’s grace.

The Festivals of Diwali and Annakuta, will be celebrated on 8 November and 12 November respectively and I am requesting your support. It is an established tradition for ‘thalis’ plates of different sweets and savouries be made and offered to Lord Krishna for his Annakuta festival.

We desire to offer as many thalis of different sweets and savouries for Lord Krishna’s Annakuta as possible. So many of you appreciate taking this opportunity to commemorate the passing away of loved ones, or to celebrate occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.

Please sponsor as many thalis of offerings as you like and indicate clearly the names you would like to place on the thalis. I shall send some Annakuta mahaprasad to your home and the rest will be distributed to all the pilgrims throughout the day.

Thank you for taking the trouble to read this appeal. With your generosity and the blessings of Lord Krishna, it is possible for such festivities to take place at the temple.

I also appeal to you, to give some part of your day in the service of the Lord and make the practice of spiritual culture a part of your daily life. Just keep your attitude of sincere service and without doubt, Krishna will give you the intelligence to serve him nicely. You will undoubtedly experience the change in your heart and your life’s journey.

I remain your servant- if I can be of help to you, please contact me at Pranabandhu@krishnatemple.com.

Happy Diwali and best wishes for the new year.

Yours in the service of Lord Krishna,

Pranabandhu das

 

Diwali Festival

Sunday 8th November 2015
Cultural Programme from 2pm
Grand Fireworks Display at 6.30pm

Govardhan Puja & Annakuta

Thursday 12th November 2015
Annakuta Darshan from 7.30am-7:30pm
Govardhan Puja & Go Puja from 12 noon