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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.

Book A Ticket


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)


Please contact if you have any queries





Gaura Purnima & Holi Darshan

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Gaura Purmina is the appearance anniversary of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534) who is Radha and Krishna combined.
On this day, which is a full-moon day, everyone fasts till moonrise, and people visit the temple to see the Deities of the Lord in the temple room. The devotees present dramas and classes about Lord Chaitanya’s activities. The Deities of Gaura-Nitai receive new clothes, and the devotees engage in extra kirtan. 

Darshan Tickets

In adherence with Government guidelines, this year’s festivities will be very simple, focusing on giving everyone the opportunity for darshan of the Lord and prasad only, the rest of the festivities will be online. To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which everyone will need to prebook online for free.  

Tickets will be released on Tuesday 23rd midday.

Book a ticket

If you need help with booking or are having issues or queries, contact us.


What to expect on arrival

In line with our risk assessment and COVID plan, you and your travelling party will need to:

    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:



Community Newsletter – Latest

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Please find below the latest Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter, “April 2017 edition”, covering news from February till April 2017.

(To higher quality images, please download the file)

Highlights in this edition include:

Gaura Purnima festival

Ramanavami Festival

University Retreat

Soul Expressions with Radhanath Swami and Kirtan London

Sri Krishna Haveli Project Update

Synthesising Science and the Soul

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Gaura Purnima 2016

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016


Schedule for Wednesday 23rd March

Morning programme

3:30 am Beginning of 24 Hour Kirtan
4:30 am Mangal Arati
5:15 am Recitation of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Sikshastakam
7:00 am Guru Puja
7:30 am Deity Greeting and Kirtan
8:00 am Song Performance by Bhaktivedanta Gurukula
8:15 am Song Performance by HG Visvambhara Das and team
8:20 am Song by HG Jayadeva Das
8:30 am Special Class by H G Srutidharma Das
10:00 am Continuation of 24 Hour Kirtan
10:30 am Bus leaving for London Maha Harinam

Evening Program in the Tent

3:30 pm Kirtan start
4:00 pm Words of Welcome by HG Srutidharam Das and HG Jay Nitai Das
4:20 pm Introduction to the Gaura Purnima Festival by HG Kripamoya Das
4:35 pm Skit by Ladies Ashram
4:50 pm Drama by Pandava Sena
5:10 pm Song by Pandava Sena
5:20 pm Abhiseka (2 kirtan groups 30mins each)
6:20 pm 108 Bhoga Offering (1 kirtan group 30mins)
7:00 pm Gaura Arati – Led by Soho St devotees
7:30pm Holi fire Near Goshalla
7:30 pm Feast
7:30 pm Kirtan

Note: There will be no colours (Rang mela) at the Gaura Purnima / Holi Festival this year. There will be a colour festival celebrating Lord Krishna’s Holi festival in the summer when the weather is much warmer.



Gaura Purnima Schedule

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Gaura Purnima 2015

Gaura Purnima & Holi

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Holi & Gaura Purnima will be celebrated on Sunday 16th March 2014

2:00 pm onwards  bhajans in the temple room

4 :00 pm Rang Mela (throwing of colors)

Colours* will be available for purchase in the festival field.

6 :00 pm Holi bon-fire (burning of Holika)

6:00 pm Prasadam will be served from 6pm onwards

Darshan will be available all day up to 9:30 pm

*The dry powders supplied by the temple may stain, so festival goers are cautioned not to wear their “best clothes”. Do not throw colours into people’s eyes. It is even more fun to rub the colours, which are safe and non toxic, into the hair, back of the neck, and cheeks. If anyone gets irritants in their eyes, go to the clearly marked first aid tent where First-aiders will help you. The temple colours are safe, but any others may contain dangerous chemicals.

Gaura Purnima 2014

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Schedule, registration and travel details as below:


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We would like to encourage everyone to register for this event for prasadam and for children space purposes. Register using this link:-

The route from ISKCON’s Soho Street Temple to the Grand Connaught Rooms:

Directions to the venue

For more information about directions and parking, please see below:

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Gaura Purnima Schedule

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Lord-Chaitanya-DancingMorning Programme

3.00am  Beginning of 24 hour Kirtan

4.30am  Mangala Arati

6.50am  Guru Puja

7.20am  Deity Greeting and Kirtan


7.40am  Devotees leave for Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club , Bushey Herts, WD23 2TR 

8.00am  Special class by H.H Sivaram Swami and H.H Radhanath Swami


10.00am Abhiseka

11.00am Coaches leaving for Maha Harinam in London from Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club

3.30pm   Coaches Return to Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club


Evening Programme:

at the Allum Hall:

Manor House, 2 Allum Lane, Elstree WD6 3PJ

4.00pm  Bhajan and Kirtan

4.30pm  Performance by Bhaktivedanta Gurukula Students

5.00pm  Performance by Bhaktivedanta Players “The Golden Avatar

5.45pm  Feast

March 2012 Newsletter

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Leading articles in this Newsletter include:

The Golder Avatar (Gaura Purnima festival)

A Royal Engagement (head brahmacari meets the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury)

Solar Panels for New Gokul farm

Holi festival photo fun!

A letter from the Campaign Chair of the Vedic Planetarium, Mayapur


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Gaura Purnima Festival

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Schedule for Thursday 8th March at Bhaktivedanta Manor


Morning Programme:                         

3:00am – 24 Hour Kirtans begin

4:30am – Mangalarati

7:00am – Guru Puja

7:30am – Deity greeting and Kirtan

8:00am – Performance (to be announced)

8:30am – Special Class on the Apperance of Lord Chaitanya

10:00am – Abisheka (bathing of deities of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda)

11:00am – Buses leave for Maha Harinam in London


Evening Programme:


4:00pm – Bhajans in Temple room

7:00pm – Gaura Arati

7:30pm – Feast (served in Tent)

*24 Hour Kirtans till 3:00am next morning*




Gaura Purmina is the appearance anniversary of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534) who is an incarnation of  Radha and Krishna combined.
On this day, which is a full-moon day, everyone fasts till moonrise, and people visit the temple to see the Deities of the Lord in the temple room. The devotees present dramas and classes about Lord Chaitanya’s activities. The Deities of Gaura-Nitai receive new clothes, and the devotees engage in extra kirtan. At moonrise we serve a prasad feast (sanctified vegetarian food).


The word caitanya means “living force,” carita means “character,” and amrta means “immortal.” As living entities we can move, but a table cannot because it does not possess living force. Movement and activity may be considered signs or symptoms of the living force. Indeed, it may be said that there can be no activity without the living force.


Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the pioneer of a great social and religious movement that began in India about five hundred years ago and that has directly and indirectly influenced the subsequent course of religious and philosophical thinking not only in India but throughout the world.