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Letting the cows out

Friday, March 4th, 2022

Schedule

9:45am – Radha Gokulananda Vihara Yatra (Deity Procession starting from the Temple Room)

10:10am – Swagata Seva (Welcoming the Deities to the Goshala)

10:15am – Navanaivedya Seva (9 bhoga offerings made with Goshala milk)

10:20am – Arati Seva

10:30am – Pravachan

10:45am – Go Mochana (Letting the cows out)

11:15am – Prasadam Seva (Refreshments)

About the celebration

‘Go Mochana Utsava‘ means ‘the festival of letting the cows out’. After a long winter stay inside the barns, the cows and oxen will be released into the fields and pastures. Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda will be gracing everyone with Their presence, coming all the way from Their altar just to see Their favourite cows and enjoy the spectacle of seeing them leap with joy and stretch themselves after their long winter months inside the barns.

Contact

Please contact info@krishnatemple.com if you have any queries

New Gokul Farm

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

New Gokul is Bhaktivedanta Manor’s cow protection centre and organic farm, based on self sustenance, compassion, and harmony between humans, animals and the environment.

With a herd of 63 cows, bulls and oxen, modern and traditional cow care facilities and acres of pastureland, it’s a real haven for the cows! The centre is also home to an organic agricultural farm that uses sustainable and natural farming methods. These  are good for the soil, the environment and our well being.

“You learn to love them”

Ravi Ruparel lives in Northwood, northwest London and by profession is a Financial Advisor. However, at least once a week he joins other enthusiastic volunteers who put on their wellies and descend on the Manor’s New Gokul Farm.

Throughout the year, as part of groups of anything from 4 to 15 volunteers of all ages, Ravi is there.

They help clear our cow manure from the barns. Mixed with straw, it is then stored until it is taken out to the Manor’s Organic Farm where they use it a s fertilizer for the horticulture project.

Ravi collects fresh straw, then the team spreads it out to create a new layer of bedding for the cows and bulls. They also give them fresh hay to eat and top out their water tanks.

“Ever since I was young I saw pictures of Krishna with the cows, so I made that association,” Ravi explains. “But things started to happen when I went to Govardhan Eco Village in Maharastra, India. I found myself volunteering for their farm every morning. Upon my return to the UK I wanted to continue in this service.

“I began to see cows and bulls as truly sentient beings, especially given that they all have their own devotional names. I connect with them as fellow beings, there’s no barrier. You learn to love them. You can feel close to them, stroke then, love and serve them. And they reciprocate with that love!

When you’re on the farm, the fresh air is combined with the energy of being around the cows and bulls, which makes you feel more calm and compassionate. They are amazing!

“Serving the cows made me become “Ahimsa Vegan”, meaning I only drink milk from cows from farms which are slaughter free, have hand-milking and where the bulls are given meaningful work.”

Get involved

If you would like to help out in the farm please contact Jay Krishna Das: goshalla@krishnatemple.com

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Letting the cows out

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Go-Mochanotsava

After a long winter stay inside the barns, the cows and oxen will be released into the pastures on 21st April. We all look forward very much to this day every year. We call this day, ‘Go Mocana Utsava ‘– the festival of the letting out of the cows! And its a festival! Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda will be gracing us with their presence, coming all the way from their altar just to see their favourite cows and enjoy the spectacle of seeing them leaping with joy and stretching themselves after their long winter months inside the barns.

When: Sunday 21st April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

Gomocanotsava schedule : Sunday 8th-April

9.45 – Radha Gokulananda Vihara Yatra [Deities procession starting from temple room]
10.00 – Swagata seva [Welcoming deities to Goshala]
10.05 – Panchanna seva [Bhoga offerings made with Goshala milk]
10.10 – Aarati seva [Aarati offering]
10.20 – Pravacan [Class]
10.30 – Gomocana [Letting the cows out]
11.15 – Prasada seva [Refreshments]
 
Please partcipate and get the bessings of SriSri Radha Gokulananada and the Go mata.
cows let out

cows being let out

Letting out of the Cows

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUNDAY 22nd APRIL

Go-Mochanotsava

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 22nd April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

Gomocanotsava schedule : Sunday 8th-April

9.45 – Radha Gokulananda Vihara Yatra [Deities procession starting from temple room]
10.10 – Swagata seva [Welcoming deities to Goshala]
10.15 – Navanaivedya seva [9 Bhoga offerings made with Goshala milk]
10.20 – Aarati seva [Aarati offering]
10.30 – Pravacan [Class]
10.45 – Gomocana [Letting the cows out]
11.15 – Prasada seva [Refreshments]
cows let out

cows being let out

 

 

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.

Letting out of the Cows!

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Go-Mocanotsavah

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 2nd April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

Gomocanotsava schedule : Sunday 2nd-April

9.45 – Radha Gokulananda Vihara Yatra [Deities procession starting from temple room]
10.10 – Swagata seva [Welcoming deities to Goshala]
10.15 – Navanaivedya seva [9 Bhoga offerings made with Goshala milk]
10.20 – Aarati seva [Aarati offering]
10.30 – Pravacan [Class]
10.45 – Gomocana [Letting the cows out]
11.15 – Prasada seva [Refreshments]
cows let out

cows being let out

 

 

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.

Letting out of the Cows!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Go-Mocanotsavah

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 10th April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)
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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.

Letting out of the Cows!

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 26th April at 10am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

 
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