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Community Newsletter – Latest

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

You can view the latest edition August 2017 edition of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s community newsletter via the link below. (You can download the file to access higher quality images).

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Highlights in this edition include:

Family Fun Open Day

Interfaith events

Vedic Astronomy

Ahimsa Foundation

Spiritual Retreats

Shri Krishna Haveli – lastest news

Festivals Galore across UK

First ever Bhakti Vaibhava course in UK


August Newsletter online

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Please find the August 2016 edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor community newsletter. (Download file to view higher quality images)

Main stories in this edition include:

Haveli Ground-breaking

Garden of Gratitude

50 years Celebrations

Commonality in Spirituality

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Celebrating ISKCON’s 50th anniversary

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

A historic day celebrating ISKCON’s 50th anniversary with the former British Prime Minister David Cameron, who performed the ground breaking ceremony for Bhaktivedanta Manor’s new Shree Krishna Haveli.

Former P.M. David Cameron

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The former British Prime Minister David Cameron celebrates ISKCON’s 50th anniversary

prime minister haveli openingBhaktivedanta Manor marked the start of a new chapter in its history on Friday 10th June, as the groundbreaking ceremony for the long awaited Haveli building was led by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The ceremony formed part of the Manor’s offerings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ISKCON, upon which Mr Cameron heartily congratulated ISKCON on by praising Srila Prabhupada on his creation of a “global mission”.

A reception of over 300 people, including Parliamentary Secretary Under State Shailesh Vara, devotees and patrons, was held in a marquee over the spot where the new Shree Krishna Haveli will be built. HH Bhakti Charu Swami, HH Radhanath Swami, HH Sivarama Swami, HH Indradyumna Swami and HG Praghosa Das GBC were also in attendance.

After being shown the Temple Room and deities of Shree Shree Radha Gokulananda, the Prime Minister went on to garland the deity of Srila Prabhupada, stating “if only he had lived to see what the Manor has become; a mock Tudor country house donated by a Beatle, serving as a hub of worship, celebration and selflessness.”

The Prime Minister also congratulated ISKCON on its 50th anniversary, joking that he too will celebrate his 50th birthday this year. He went on to say: “I look at what you have done in the past fifty years and I think how much you can achieve in the next fifty. In fact, the next half century begins right now as we begin building the new Krishna Haveli, and I’m delighted to be putting the first tool in the ground.”

Shailesh Vara MP praised the Prime Minister for pioneering the term ‘British Indian’ and for forging better trade links with India. He said “the Prime Minister visited India more times than any other country, and took the largest trade delegation there… this Prime Minister cares about an inclusive modern Britain.”

Srutidharma Das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor thanked the Prime Minister for attending, and spoke of the important role of the Haveli and the need to “promote the spiritual values of tolerance, kindness… we at Bhaktivedanta Manor aim to embody these principles at large.”

Speaking about the Haveli, Managing Director of Bhaktivedanta Manor Gauri Das said: “This is a historic time for the Manor. The Haveli fulfils the needs of the Temple, respects the concerns of the local village and received full support from Hertsmere Council. It is a profound honour that the Prime Minister has put the first spade in the ground.”

Shree Krishna Haveli

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

permission granted haveli
Hertsmere Borough Council Planning Committee have unanimously given consent for an exciting new community facility at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the Shree Krishna Haveli.
The Temple applied to build a two storey building as well as relocating the existing poly tunnels, greenhouses and playground.

Managing Director Gauri das said: “We are exceptionally pleased to receive planning permission. Over many years of work including the development of a planning brief, a public consultation, and one and a half years awaiting a determination, we listened carefully and patiently to local residents concerns.

“In the end the concerns were all addressed and thus the decision unanimous. We are extremely grateful.”

The original planning application was submitted in December 2014 and a number of changes have been made to the application over the past 16 months. Cllr David Lambert, who represents Aldenham West, said: “I am really pleased we have reached this point. It would not have been successful without the work gone in by the officers. It has been a long time coming.

Temple President Srutidharma Das added: “Thank you to our local councillors and Hertsmere Planners, who worked hard to balance the needs of the temple and the local community.
“There could be no win lose decision here, it had to be a win win. We now have permission granted on the Queen’s 90th birthday!”

Public consultation on Manor’s future plans

Friday, August 24th, 2012

We all know how overcrowded the Manor can be sometimes; it’s not just on festival days that people have to sit and eat in the corridors.  So we are pleased to say that Hertsmere Borough Council is putting forward proposals that could help us expand our facilities in future.

The Council has produced a report, called a Planning Brief, which accepts additional space is required to reduce the stress on the Manor building.  It sets out a number of options for introducing a Haveli building on the site.

As Councillor Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for planning at the Council, has said:

“Bhaktivedanta Manor is an important site for ISKCON and the borough of Hertsmere with huge cultural, religious and historical significance. This planning brief aims to forge a path forward that will meet the needs of ISKCON, residents of Letchmore Heath and the wider community of Hertsmere, and ensure that all future development on the estate is sustainable and suitable.”

The Council’s Planning Brief is not a planning application.  It deals with the principles of development rather than the specifics.  But it should set a framework within which we can expand the facilities and reduce overcrowding in a sustainable way.  We are grateful for the support of the Council in bringing the proposals forward.

A public consultation on the proposals will now run from 9 July until 10 September.

See the Planning Brief and respond to the consultation by going to the following page.

You can also contact the planning team by emailing

There is no intention to intensify our use of the Manor and any future planning application would simply be designed to meet current demand from our community. This is an exciting opportunity to ensure our important spiritual site can meet our needs while recognising the constraints imposed by the listed manor building and our green belt location.