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Gaura Purnima / Holika Dahan

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

Times & Schedule: Friday 18 March 2022

Evening Program | 4pm- 7:30pm (Entry Ticket required)

4pm – Mantra Choir w/ Jayadev Prabhu & the Gurukula
4:20pm –  Drama By Bhaktivedanta Players
5pm – Kirtans & Abhishek
6pm – Class 
6pm – Holika Bonfire (Outdoors)
6:45pm – Feast

7:30pm- 9:30pm (No Ticket required)

Darshan, kirtan, and Holika Bonfire will be available.


Tickets will be required only for the evening program between 4pm-7:30pm, but not for any other time.

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What happens if I arrive without a ticket?

Up until 4pm, no ticket will be required in order to enter Bhaktivedanta Manor. If you arrive during the evening program without a ticket, then if tickets are still available we may ask you to book a ticket online via your phone. If no tickets are available and our car park has reached capacity, unfortunately you may not be able to enter.

Will there be Holi Rang (Colours Festival)

There will be no Holi (colours) at Bhaktivedanta Manor

Holika Bonfire

The Holika bonfire will be taking place at 6pm, to find out more information please click here

Learn More

Gaura Purnima is the anniversary of the appearance of Lord Caitanya, who is Krishna himself in the role of His own devotee. He appeared in 1486 in Mayapur, West Bengal. 

In the Caitanya-Caritamrta, Krishna explains his reasoning for appearing in the world of form of Lord Caitanya: “I shall personally inaugurate the religion of the age — nāma-saṅkīrtana, the congregational chanting of the holy name. I shall make the world dance in ecstasy, realizing the four mellows of loving devotional service… I shall accept the role of a devotee, and I shall teach devotional service by practicing it Myself.” [CC Adi 3.19-20]

Gaura Purnima provides a golden opportunity to reflect on Lord Caitanya’s mission of spreading Nama Sankirtana to every town and village, and chant the holy names of the Lord.

If you wish to learn more about Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s teachings and stories, then you can find many books & resources, such as ‘Caitanya-Caritamrita’, ‘Teachings of Lord Caitanya’, and others.


Book: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta (Nine Volumes) & Digital: Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (

Book: Teachings of Lord Caitanya & Digital: Teachings of Lord Caitanya (

For Children

Book: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Visits Vrindavana

Book: Childhood Pastimes of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda


The Appearance of Caitanya Mahaprabhu (at Bhaktivedanta Manor)


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Deity Worship Course

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The Essentials of Deity Worship


“Generally in the conditioned state we are contaminated. But this worshiping system called arcana-vidhi cleanses the polluted heart and one becomes actually fit for becoming qualified brahmana.” (SP to Brahmananda, 15th September, 1968)

Srila Prabhupada instituted in ISKCON the most exquisite standards of Deity Worship and his desire was for these standards to be maintained.

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, our attempt is to please Their Lordships and Srila Prabhupada by maintaining and excelling these high levels of service and devotion. Every day, Sri Sri Radha-Gokulananda, Sri Sri Sita-Rama Laxman Hanuman and Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai are daily given 6 offerings and aratis, bathed and dressed twice.

Of course, serving the deities is not child’s play. Amongst many things, it requires knowledge, attention to detail and devotion. Furthermore, it requires training. To this end, this course, “The Essentials of Deity Worship”, is being organised to ensure that the standards of worship to Their Lordships continue to develop and increase. The sessions will be facilitated by Murli Manohara Prabhu and Gadadhara Prabhu, head pujaris at ISKCON London and Bhaktivedanta Manor, respectively.

There will be two days of lessons and practical workshops giving in depth insights into the theory and practice of deity worship in the temple environment. So whether you are currently engaged in deity worship at the Manor, or hope to be in the future, please attend this course. Open to both first and second initiates.

The content of the two days’ training is given below:

Saturday 27th June 2015 (please note, change of date)

  • Why perform deity worship?
  • The Lord is present in His deity form
  • Definition and goal of arcana
  • Authenticity of deity worship
  • Pancaratrika & bhagavata-vidhi
  • Practical Sessions on acamana and offering arati

Saturday 4th July 2015 (please note, change of date)

  • Qualifications for arcana
  • Position of the spiritual master
  • Variations in arcana procedures and standards of worship
  • Mood of worship
  • Values, attitudes, and behavior of a pujari
  • Purity
  • Practical Sessions on bhoga offerings & waking and resting the deities

“If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called arcana-siddhi. Arcana-siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead immediately after this life. So this arcana-siddhi program is given in the Narada-pancaratra especially for the householders. Householders cannot undergo strict disciplinary activities of austerity, therefore for every householder the path of arcana-siddhi is very much recommended.” (SP to Himavati, 18th March, 1969)

Course Dates: each Saturday from 27th June 2015 (2 weeks)
Time: 10am – 5pm (lunch will be provided, 1pm-2pm)
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £40

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

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