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Diwali Festival & Fireworks Cancelled

Friday, November 6th, 2015

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There will be no Fireworks, Dramas, Stage show or any other festivities.

The Bhaktivedanta Manor Festival Committee has made a decision to cancel the Diwali Festival, including the firework display and other festivities scheduled for Sunday 8th November 2015. An assessment of the car parking facilities was undertaken this morning. The areas of field used for car parking is water-logged, posing safety concerns for the public.

With the expected number of worshippers and vehicles on site, it would be difficult to park cars in the waterlogged field. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment (especially to children) this decision may have caused. We appreciate the firework display is a significant feature of the Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor. However, the safety of the public is paramount, we therefore appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Diwali & Annakuta Festival Appeal

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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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

 

 

Diwali 2015

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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There will be no Fireworks, Dramas, Stage show or any other festivities.

The Bhaktivedanta Manor Festival Committee has made a decision to cancel the Diwali Festival, including the firework display and other festivities scheduled for Sunday 8th November 2015. An assessment of the car parking facilities was undertaken this morning. The areas of field used for car parking is water-logged, posing safety concerns for the public.

With the expected number of worshippers and vehicles on site, it would be difficult to park cars in the waterlogged field. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment (especially to children) this decision may have caused. We appreciate the firework display is a significant feature of the Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor. However, the safety of the public is paramount, we therefore appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

 

 

 

DiwaliSunday 8th November 2015

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.

November Newsletter

Monday, November 24th, 2014

You can now view the November 2014 edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor newsletter below. (download it to view the photos in higher quality)

The main stories in this edition include:

Festival of Lights Shines Brightly (the Manor’s Diwali festival)

Russell Brand’s special order

Monthly Retreats

College of Vedic Studies

Remembering Our Founder

Sewa Day 2014

 

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Diwali 2014

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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DiwaliSunday 26th October 2014

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 cars outside of the manor grounds (there is always sufficient car parking) and walk to the temple under any circumstances as this:

  • Causes danger to pedestrians as you have to walk across the traffic that is coming into the manor
  • Creates blockages in the narrow lanes outside which means emergency vehicles cannot pass through
  • Generates very bad congestion and issues for the villagers who live next door to us
  • Means cars that are parked outside of the temple may be liable to be removed by the authorities

Immediately after the fireworks display there will be Dharshan, prasadam served in the tent and a play by the Bhaktivedanta players will be performed.
We advise waiting for a while after the fireworks to avoid being caught in traffic at the same time.

Diwali In London is Launched

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

 

On 2nd October, the Diwali in London (DIL) Committee brought some light to the pending winter with its launch event hosted by this years chair Ameet Aggarwal from The Art of Living Foundation at the Watford Langley,  for the Mayor of London’s Diwali Festival.  Organised in partnership with the DIL committee,  the huge event takes place on 27th October in London’s famous Trafalgar Square. ISKCON have been involved since the inception of the event over 12 years ago, which has now grown to a key event in the Square’s calender.

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There were over 200 influential members of the organising committee who attended the launch event alongside chief guest Mr Pritam Lal, First Secretary (Coord), High Commission of India. The launch was attended by Srutidharma Das – Temple President, Gauri Das – Executive Secretary for ISKCON and Dilip Patel – Chairman of Trustees. The evening commenced with the inaugural lighting of the peace lamp creating a solid foundation for the event taking place at the end of the month in Trafalgar Square.

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Diwali in Trafalgar Square. The packed line-up of free entertainment includes the best contemporary music and dance from community groups and professional artists. There’ll also be stalls selling delicious food and drinks plus a range of activities for children. To find out more please visit the www.diwaliinlondon.com.

Secretary of State at the Manor

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

With the recent visit of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP to Bhaktivedanta Manor Diwali’s festival; prominent leaders of the Hindu community congregated to meet him. After a tour of the temple, darshan before the main shrine and meeting the temple heads, Mr Pickles sat with the leaders of ISKCON, BAPS Swami Narayan, Hindu Forum of Britain, Avanti Schools Trust and Sewa Day.

The various leaders in attendance presented a whole catalogue of initiatives in volunteering, aid and social work that are performed by the Hindu community. Mr Pickles expressed his deep appreciation and wants to see the community working more dynamically with the DCLG.

On his tour he stopped to speak with volunteers and spent time with the head volunteers at the Manor.

Mr Pickles stated: “I am happy to be here at Bhaktivedanta Manor and I am very impressed with the devotion and the service of all the volunteers of this community. They are putting so much back into society in a selfless manner and I am particularly impressed by the helping of the most vulnerable and needy.

“This is my first time at Bhaktivedanta Manor and I have been overwhelmed by the hospitality and received, and I am inspired by the Hindu community working together for the good of all”.

The festival also had a very special and regular visitor Secretary of State for Northern Ireland the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above from left: Vikas Pota (Seva Day), Gauri das ( Bhaktivedanta Manor), Eric Pickles MP, Jitu Patel (BAPS Swaminarayan), Arjun Vekaria (President of Hindu Forum of Britain) and Arup Ganguly (Seva Day Chairman)

Below: Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with Srutidharma das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor

Diwali 2012

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

DiwaliSunday 18th November 2012

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.

Cultural Programme 2:00pm – 6:30pm
Due to bad weather the Grand Fireworks Display has been cancelled.