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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 Government guidelines, this year’s Diwali & Anakuta will be simpler, focusing on giving everyone the opportunity for darshan of the Lord and prasad. Please come and offer your love and prayers to help the entire planet at this time of great need.

To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which everyone 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. 

Tickets will be released on Monday 9th November!

Book a ticket

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:

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

 

Janmashtami 2020

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

Janmashtami Darshan will be available from Wednesday 12th  –  Sunday 16th August 2020.

Book a ticket

In adherence with Government guidelines, this year’s Janmashtami will be simpler, focusing on giving everyone the opportunity for darshan of the Lord and prasad. Please come and offer your love and prayers to help the entire planet at this time of great need.

To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which everyone will need to prebook online for free. This system has been working well since 29th June and it has been hailed as being safe and effective, by local authorities and visitors alike. Please book your Janmashtami darshan time and ensure you bring the confirmation with you. 

Book Your Tickets for Janmashtami darshan

Please only book exact tickets you need and think of others as well.

Book a ticket

To limit the number of individuals on site at any one time, we’re implementing a ticketing system. Please book a free ticket at: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/individual-worship-at-bhaktivedanta-manor-tickets-108659345026

If you need help with booking or are having issues or queries, contact us at darshan@krishnatemple.com or phone / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925 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:

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

Janmashtami Appeal

Since the pandemic struck, the temple had to be closed and finance streams for daily needs have reduced dramatically. However, the daily standards of worship which include six aratis and food offerings, daily change of outfits and care of Krishna’s cows has been maintained, despite the challenging situation.

My dear friends, I humbly request you to give generously, for Shree Krishna Janmashtami Utsav and Bhaktivedanta Manor. Giving is an act of devotion, an expression of gratitude for Lord Krishna’s grace and blessings upon us.

Please support this year’s Appeal with your heartfelt contribution.

Donate Securely online at:
https://crm.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=26

 

Janmashtami at Home

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

The annual celebration of Lord Krishna’s appearance on this earthly planet, is the biggest spiritual festival in the yearly calendar. On this day, millions of devotees flock to temples and festival grounds to see Krishna, worship Him, hear about Him, sing for Him, and absorb their minds in Him! The day begins at 4:30am with the first worship of the day, and culminates with the beautiful final worship at midnight (the exact time that Lord Krishna appeared in the world).

This year we are faced with a global pandemic during this most auspicious festival period. With government regulations in place, we’ll be celebrating Janmashtami in a different way. Devotees of Krishna are always positive – in every difficulty there is an opportunity! This year (along with visiting the temple) you will have the unique opportunity to observe a special Janmashtami celebration in your own home!

Tune in Online

Bhaktivedanta Manor will have its very own Online Janmashtami Festival. Tune in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Virtual Janmashtami Festival 2020  Wednesday 12th August, 12.00pm-12.00am

For schedule and programme visit

Janmashtami Online Festival 2020

For Live Broadcast from temple room

www.manor.media

www.Mayapur.tv

Worship at Home

Every home can be a temple – you can set up a sacred space with deities, pictures, sacred items and books. On Janmashtami day make special decorations around the altar. This creates the mood of festivity and can be particularly fun for the children.

If you have deities of the Lord, you can begin the day by offering a nice plate of sweets when you greet Them in the morning. If you do not have deities you can offer the sweets and a simple worship to a picture of the Lord. Krishna’s picture is non-different from His deity form. You can also offer Krishna a lamp, fragrant incense, and some fruits.

You can bathe the Lord with flower petals. This will really excite the children and keep them enthusiastic in their devotion. Various kinds and colours of flowers can be petaled and offered individually in sprays of colors over Their Lordships.

Fasting & Feasting

Fasting from all foods until midnight is recommended. We should endeavour to follow this injunction but if fasting is too difficult due to health reasons then try to eat only light foods during the day (like non-grain preparations). Krishna will see your sincere endeavour to fulfil the rules and regulations and reciprocate with you accordingly.

Just as you enjoy your favourite preparations on your birthday so too does the Lord. Having said that, His favourite above all others is your love and devotion. You can make a special endeavour in cooking a wonderful feast for Him as you would do for a family member’s birthday. He is a major part of your household so cook for Him as you would for your child, meditating on what He would like. A simple cooking standard would include rice, dhal, chapatis, puris, subjis (vegetable preparations of different variety and flavours), and savouries such as samosas and kachoris, sweets and a drink.

Reading

Srila Prabhupada has kindly provided us with the story of Lord Krishna’s advent and other exciting pastimes in “Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead” or in Srimad Bhagavatam Canto Ten. Reading these pastimes on Janmashtami will greatly benefit us and help us understand the glories of the Lord more deeply.

Read online at www.vedabase.io

Chanting

Chanting and singing the Hare Krishna maha mantra is the essence of our devotion. It is an intimate exchange of love with Lord Krishna, pleasing Him for devotional service unto His lotus feet. Try to chant more than your normal quota and be more attentive being absorbed in loving thoughts of the Lord.

Tune in Online

Bhaktivedanta Manor will have its very own Online Janmashtami Festival. Tune in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Virtual Janmashtami Festival 2020  Wednesday 12th August, 12.00pm-12.00am

For schedule and programme visit

Janmashtami Online Festival 2020

For Live Broadcast from temple room

www.manor.media

www.Mayapur.tv

Gita Promise

When Krishna appeared over 5000 years ago His most valuable gift was the Bhagavad-gita.

In 700 beautiful verses the Bhagavad-gita summarises the secrets to life, the universe and everything. It covers topics ranging from religion to relationships, science to sociology, leadership to lifestyle management. Most importantly, it enlightens us as to how we can find true happiness through connection with God. In every generation, over thousands of years, it has provided unceasing inspiration to thinkers, leaders, and spiritualists alike.

Make a vow on Janmashtami 2020 to learn this wisdom!

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, The School of Bhakti hosts a variety of courses which will help you learn, understand, and apply the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita in your daily life.

Join one of the popular courses and see your life transform!

Learn the Gita in 3 Hours

Visit the Temple

This year’s Janmashtami will be simpler, focusing on giving everyone the opportunity for darshan of the Lord and prasad. Please come and offer your love and prayers to help the entire planet at this time of great need.

To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which everyone will need to prebook online for free

If you need help with booking or are having issues or queries, contact us at darshan@krishnatemple.com or phone / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925 between 10am and 1pm.

KINDLY NOTE:  YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET AND A MASK TO VISIT THE TEMPLE

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…

Dusshera 2019

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Dusshera festival cancelled 

This year’s Dusshera Festival for Sunday 13th October has been cancelled, due to too much rain, making our car park and festival fields unusable. The safety of our visitors, and volunteers always comes first.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to welcoming you for Diwali on Sunday 27th October.

 

Ramanavami

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Ramanavami will be celebrated at Bhaktivedanta Manor on
Sunday 14th of April 2019.

The  Ramanavami  celebration observes the birth of Lord Rama, and is one of the most auspicious days in the Vaisnava calendar.  Lord Rama is an incarnation of the Supreme Lord who appeared on this earth several millennia ago.

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, celebrations for Ramanavami include special decorations, drama, discussion of Lord Rama’s pastimes and a harinama chanting procession in a local town.  It is a popular occasion, as Lord Rama is very dear to many devotees.  During His activities while on Earth, Lord Rama demonstrated high moral values and acted as the perfect son, student, brother, husband and King.  His extraordinary adventure is marvellously depicted  in the famous epic The Ramayana.

Highlights on the day

2:00pm- Traditional dance & music performances on stage

4:30pm –  Palanquin Procession – Deities come out to see everyone. 

6:00pm – The Ramayana Drama by the Bhaktivedanta Players

7:00pm – Free Prasadam (food) for everyone

Darshan is available all day from 12:30 pm onwards.

Festival Finishes by 8:00 pm

 

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.

Dusshera 2018

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Sunday 21st October 2018
Cultural programme from 4:00 – 8:00pm
Burning of Ravana: 6:00 pm

Dusshera is celebrated in with great enthusiasm and excitement at Bhaktivedanta Manor with many expected to join us in the festivities.

The word Dusshera comes from the word `dus` meaning `ten’ and `hara`, meaning `annihilated`, referring to the destruction of the ten-headed Ravana. As explained in the above video clip, the festival marks the victory of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Rama, over this demonic king and the subsequent rescue of Lord Rama’s wife Sita.

This pastime appears in the great epic Ramayana, which will be enacted by the temple’s youth group, Pandava Sena. At the drama’s climax, with the final arrow shot by Lord Rama, a huge effigy of Ravana will burst into flames. As it is reduced to ashes and the smoke bellows, spectators are reminded not succumb to the dictates of lust, anger, greed and envy.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

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.

Dusshera 2017

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Sunday 1st October 2017
Cultural programme from 4:00 – 8:00pm
Burning of Ravana: 6:00 pm

Dusshera is celebrated in with great enthusiasm and excitement at Bhaktivedanta Manor with many expected to join us in the festivities.

The word Dusshera comes from the word `dus` meaning `ten’ and `hara`, meaning `annihilated`, referring to the destruction of the ten-headed Ravana. As explained in the above video clip, the festival marks the victory of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Rama, over this demonic king and the subsequent rescue of Lord Rama’s wife Sita.

This pastime appears in the great epic Ramayana, which will be enacted by the temple’s youth group, Pandava Sena. At the drama’s climax, with the final arrow shot by Lord Rama, a huge effigy of Ravana will burst into flames. As it is reduced to ashes and the smoke bellows, spectators are reminded not succumb to the dictates of lust, anger, greed and envy.

The following video clips show previous year’s drama.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.