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Diwali – Sun 7th Nov

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

FIREWORKS FOR DIWALI FESTIVAL | 🛑 CANCELLED 🛑

Celebrations, Darshan & Prasadam will still carry on.

2pm – 7:30pm – Tickets will be required during these times to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor. 

10am-2pm & 7:30pm-9.30pm – NO tickets required during this time.

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 Diwali  is derived from the epic Ramayana.

Diwali is celebrated with candles and lamps. Join us at Bhaktivedanta Manor for a colourful stage show with drama and traditional dance.

Fireworks Cancelled

Due to bad weather conditions, we regret to inform everyone that the fireworks for Diwali at Bhaktivedanta Manor (Sun, 7th November 2021) have been cancelled. 

Darshan and Prasadam will still go ahead on the day.

Unfortunately, as the rain has fallen, it has rendered the parking fields inoperable, meaning we cannot properly host the number of expected visitors. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your understanding. Hare Krishna.

Times & Schedule

Tickets

Information

Directions

Donate for Diwali

Times & Schedule

Event tickets: 2pm – 7:30pm – Tickets will be required during these times to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor. 

Temple is open for visiting from 10am-2pm & 7:30pm to 9.30pm (no tickets required during this time)

Schedule

Sri Krishna Haveli: ( Schedule subject to change at short notice)

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Kirtans by Maneesh Sharma and Group

4:00pm – 4:20pm: Drama – Children’s drama: The lifting of Gorvardhan Hill

4:20pm – 5:00pm: Glories of Lord Rama by HG Niskincan Das on The Ramayana.

5:00pm – 5:50pm: Special Diwali Drama – The Ramayana by the Bhaktivedanta Players

6:15pm – 7:30pm: Bhajans by Nikesh Parmar and band

6pm – Grand Fireworks Display (Outdoors)

Fireworks Cancelled

Tickets

Will I need a ticket to enter?

Yes. A ticket is required to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor during festival times (2pm – 7:30pm). No ticket, no entry!

What happens if I arrive without a ticket?

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

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

Temple is open for visiting from 10am-2pm & 7:30pm to 9.30pm (no tickets required during this time)

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?

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities for as long as you like. Note: The main entrance gates will be closed at 9:30pm.

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.

Temple is open for visiting from 10am-2pm & 7:30pm to 9.30pm (no tickets required during this time)

Diwali Tickets

Information

Will there be celebrations on the actual Diwali Day and surrounding days

No. Darshan and Prasadam will be available during visiting hours, but there will be no festivities.

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.

What happens if the weather is poor?

All festivities will be cancelled if the rain makes the fields unsuitable for parking. Darshan will still be available.

Directions

By Car:

Please use Sat Nav (Postcode: WD25 8HE)

By Public Transport:

Visit https://www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/?page_id=9954

Will there be a shuttle?

Yes. It will be running to and from Stanmore Station & Bhaktivedanta Manor. It will need to be pre-booked at a total cost of £1 per person. The reason for the cost is to ensure your space is guaranteed and that an accurate use of shuttle spaces can be planned ahead of time. By booking and using the shuttle, a standard entry ticket will not be required as your shuttle ticket will work as your entry ticket. We encourage people to use this service as parking is limited.

More details

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. 

Contact us if you have further questions

info@krishnatemple.com

Diwali Shuttle Service from Stanmore

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Stanmore to Bhaktivedanta Manor

Sunday, 7th November 2021

Pre-Bookings only

£1 per person

The reason for the cost is to ensure your space is guaranteed and that an accurate use of shuttle spaces can be planned ahead of time. 

Shuttle ticket = Entry ticket

Your shuttle ticket will work as an entry ticket for the festival. Please do not book a standard entry ticket as well as your shuttle ticket.

We encourage you to use this service as parking at Bhaktivedanta Manor is limited, and this will allow more visitors to partake in the celebration.

Timings

Stanmore to Bhaktivedanta Manor

First Shuttle: 1:30pm 

(then every hour)

Last Shuttle: 5:30pm 

Bhaktivedanta Manor to Stanmore

First Return Shuttle: 2pm 

(then every hour)

Last Return Shuttle: 8pm

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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

 

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.

Community Newsletter

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Please find below the latest Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter, “December 2016 edition”, covering news from October and November 2016.

(To higher quality images, please download the file)

Highlights in this edition include:

A host of Diwali related functions

Celebrating the life of Srila Prabhupada

200k Book Distribution marathon

ISKCON 50th Anniversary event at the Bozar centre in Brussells, and the House of Lords in London

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Diwali celebrated at Number 10

Friday, October 28th, 2016

ISKCON devotees attend Diwali at Number 10

Srutidharma das was invited to the Diwali function at Number 10 Downing Street, the residence of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May MP.

Along with the Prime Minister and other dignitaries such as the Indian High Commissioner Mr Dinesh Patnail, Srutidharma das lit the ceremonial lamp before being invited to say a few words and lead the Diwali prayers.

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He shared three meditations:

  1. Diwali is all about giving to our families, community and our country.
  2. Through forgiveness we can have a new start. The Lord forgives, so who are we not to?

3. Being grateful. With Remembrance Sunday coming up, a day when all those that made the ultimate sacrifice in war are remembered, he asked those present to be grateful for the religious freedom and equal opportunities we share today.

Echoing the Prime Minister’s own words, Srutidharma das added that the fact that the community is celebrating Diwali at the Prime Minister’s home is the symptom of “a fairer Britain.” He then proceeded to recite the first verse of the Sri Isopanisad, the Panca-Tattva mantra and the Hare Krishna mantra.

During the Prime Minister’s Diwali message, she made reference to Srutidharma’s speech and also gave reference to the government funded Avanti Schools Trust, of which ISKCON is the faith affiliate.

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Later the Prime Minister met separately with Shailesh Vara MP and Srutidharma das, in which she recognised Bhaktivedanta Manor as a prominent part of Oliver Dowden MP’s constituency of Hertsmere, and looked forward to the day she can visit.

Jai Nitai das, the Temple President of ISKCON-London said “It’s wonderful, that in celebrating 50 years of ISKCON that today the movement is recognised for its tremendous contribution for the spiritual life of the British people and thus involved to celebrate with the Prime Minister.”

Other ISKCON devotees present at the function included Mahaprabhu das (Head ISKCON European Communications and Chair of the Hindu Forum of Europe), Dhruva-kusa (Head of Pandava Sena), and Braj-vadu dasi of Veda London.

 

Diwali 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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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.