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Sunday Evening Kirtan (19th Dec)

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

This Event has been cancelled

Sunday Evening Kirtan

With HH BB Govinda Swami

Date: Sunday, 19th December 2021

Location: Sri Krishna Haveli (Address: Bhaktivedanta Manor, Dharam Marg, Hilfield Lane, Watford, WD25 8HE)

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Entry: Free Entry (No ticket required)

Free Prasadam: Served between 5:30pm – 8pm


By Car:

Please use Sat Nav (Postcode: WD25 8HE)

By Public Transport:



Will there be parking available?

Yes. There is free parking available.


Proof of a negative LFT test in the last 3 days is required, and face coverings are mandatory at all times indoors for this event.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation

Contact us

Note: Kirtans will also be taking place in the Temple Room from 7:30pm – 9:30pm every Sunday

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Friday, August 20th, 2021


Friday 19 August 2022 & Sunday 21 August 2022


Tickets will be required for entry.

Tickets will be released up to 2 weeks before the Festival. Please check back here.


More information to follow in due course.


Bhagavad-gita Audio Drama

Monday, December 7th, 2020

The Bhaktivedanta Players have made their Bhagavad-gita Audio Drama available for everyone to hear during the this most auspicious month of Marga sirsha When Bhagavad-gita was spoken, and when whole of ISKCON focuses on the Gita. Enjoy!

To download right click on a track and save it to your device.

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:

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


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:


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:


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

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.


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


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

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 or phone / Whatsapp: 07579 776 925 between 10am and 1pm.


Yoga and Meditation Open day 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The Yoga and Meditation Open Day for 2018 is on 7 July, Saturday, 10am – 3pm

What will I get from the Yoga and Meditation Open Day?

The Yoga and Meditation Open Day will give you and your family an incredible experience of activities and fun in the Hare Krishna tradition. You will have the opportunity to explore the amazing Bhaktivedanta Manor in a comfortable and friendly environment with lot of activities to take part in. The manor was gifted by George Harrison of the Beatles in 1973 and is home to the George Harrison Garden, Woodland Walk, the biggest cow protection and working oxen centre in the UK, organic farm, a magnificent Krishna Temple, Meditation rooms. And what’s more… we have a special Yoga and Meditation Theme this year which means you can get FREE Yoga and Meditation lessons! Apart from that, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Join in with our special yoga and meditation sessions FREE
  • Get a tour of the Mock-Tudor mansion gifted by the Beatles FREE
  • Feed the Oxen, Cows and the Calves
  • Go on an Ox-cart ride FREE
  • Try some face-painting
  • Decorate your hands with some Henna designs
  • Discover your future with ancient Indian palm-reading
  • Have some fun on the bouncy castle (kids only)
  • Try some amazing cuisines, snacks and sweets
  • Discover a traditional eastern culture with the Temple and Meditation rooms FREE
  • Learn about the history of the Hare Krishna movement FREE
  • Meet the monks and ask questions FREE
  • Relish a sumptuous veggie lunch FREE

There are many more things to do and we can’t list them all here!

How much do I pay?

Entry the the Family Fun Day is FREE and so are a lot of activities. Some activities require just a small charge to pay for the items used.

Can I just turn up?

Yes, you can! Please do register with the registration gazebo to claim your free access to a lot of activities on site. If you’d like to be informed of future events similar to these, then just fill out this form and we’ll keep you updated!

Is there free parking?

Yes, and there’s lots.. you can bring a few cars.

What time is the FREE lunch?

The free lunch is at 3pm.

Can I bring my dog?

Guide dogs are allowed. However dogs or any other pets are not allowed on the premises.

How long can I spend?

All day if you like. But a tour would take about 20 minutes, and then it depends what activities you want to take part in. We recommend a couple of hours at least to get the full experience!

What time is the yoga?

All day! Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise we’ll have one for you here. Due to the limitation of the size of the rooms, we’ll only be able to take the first 15 yoga enthusiasts!

What should I do if I have further questions?

Please click the link below to get in touch with us 🙂 You can even use this link to get travelling directions. And if you’re really really stuck, you can call Radha Govinda on 07903212291

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Here’s a quick (and really lousy) video we made from last year’s open day. (We need a good video editor if you’d like to volunteer!)



Events at Krishna Wisdom – Hare Krishna Temple, Watford

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Feel like you want to experience something a bit more than the everyday ordinary?

Enter a world where every day is a new adventure into the spiritual realm!

You can always pop into your local Krishna Temple to catch a glimpse of how seekers of spirituality have been leading a spiritual lifestyle where day to day activities transform into a spiritual experience. And what’s more? Now you can even join in and celebrate with us! Here are a few events we host for everyone who want to fan that spiritual spark:

  • Mind Body Soul, Wednesday evenings 6.30pm, Meditation rooms 1st floor: An evening of mantra chants and meditation, soulful music, spiritual wisdom, great company and a delicious meal to finish off.
  • Yoga Retreats, Saturday once a month: A wholesome spiritual five a day retreat – Yoga for the body, Mantra meditation for the soul, Delicious meal for the tummy, Drumming and mindfulness for the mind, and Spiritual wisdom for a balanced lifestyle.
  • Music and Meditation, Saturday once a month: An evening of music, mantra chants and meditation, stories, comedy, drama, quiz and a meal. Come and share the love!

Wanna know more?

Just come along on a Wednesday evening, or if you have queries contact us via this form and we’ll get back to you.

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All events held at

Bhaktivedanta Manor
Hilfield Lane
Watford – WD25 8EZ

For SatNav use postcode WD25 8HE. For travel directions, click HERE

Culture of the Divine

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

with HG Ter Kadamba das

1935400The ‘Culture of the Divine’ seminar will investigate the effect culture has on our everyday lives. How do we know the often unspoken social guidelines governing society actually work for our benefit, rather than keep us from realizing our full potential as human beings? What does the Vedic paradigm have to say about culture? Is it possible for us to apply principles from the Vedic model in our modern lifestyle, and if so, how? What would be the benefit?


Core Topics to be covered:

– What is culture?
– What function does culture play in our lives?
– What makes different cultures the way they are?
– How do cultures evolve?
– What is the reason for cultural conflicts?
– How do we resolve cultural conflicts?
– How do we apply Vedic principles in our modern lives?

Course Date: Sunday 2nd August 2015
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

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

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

Name(s) of Attendee(s)

About the speaker

A resident of Sridhama Mayapur, HG Ter Kadamba das spends two-thirds of the year studying in the dhama, and the other third travelling in the western world sharing his bounty. Amongst others, he has been carrying out an in-depth analysis of texts such as Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Upadeshamrita (Nectar of Instruction), Sri Isopanisad, Dasa Mula Tattva (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Jaiva Dharma (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Tattva-viveka (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Sad-darsana (HH Suhotra Swami), Apasampradayas (HH Suhotra Swami), Manu Samhita, Sri Tattva Sandarbha (Srila Jiva Goswami), Lagu Bhagavatamrita (Srila Rupa Goswami), Brahma Samhita, and Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 and 2.

How to be Krishna Confident

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

with HG Ghanashyam Priya das

Krishna consciousness is for everyone, there is no doubt about it. Indeed, Srila Prabhupada built a house in which the whole world can live. But in order to invite the world into our wonderful home, we have to help them to see the benefits of doing so.

Too often we lack confidence in presenting Krishna consciousness to others. How can we make it relevant to others and at the same time remain true to the ultimate reality? At work, at home, with friends, giving talks – there are a multitude of arenas where, as devotees, we struggle to represent ourselves in a credible way.

With this in mind, the College of Vedic Studies brings to you a series of 6 seminars and workshops on how to present Krishna consciousness to a contemporary audience.

In this course we will cover:

  • Insights about sharing Krishna consciousness from scriptures: How have the representatives of the Lord shared his teachings?
  • Public speaking training. Guidance on how to prepare & research for a presentation. Tips on presentation styles and formats
  • How to relate our philosophy to key world events in fields such as politics, economics and religion
  • On the spot thinking. How to answer common questions around family challenges, benefits of meditation, reasons for being vegetarian etc.
  • How to connect our families, careers and networks to Krishna Consciousness
  • How to observe and understand what a person needs to take the next step in their spiritual journey
  • What is genuine care? How to provide 1:1 advice and guidance tailored to each individual

Course Dates: each Sunday from 21st June 2015 (6 weeks)
Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £35

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). 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

Name(s) of Attendee(s)

About Speaker: 

Ghanashyam Priya Das is a lifestyle and meditation coach who is powered by the zeal to make ancient intelligence accessible, relevant and valuable to a modern audience. He has been invited to present on meditation and lifestyle topics to a number of well known institutions including the University of Cambridge and London School of Economics and companies such as the BBC, RBS, Lloyds and Barclays. A former President of ISKCON Pandava Sena and president of an award winning KCSoc at university he has 10 years of experience in sharing Vedic wisdom with students and professionals with great success. His workshops are inspired from international ventures to India and the U.S. He will share practical yet profound points from our sacred texts to assist you with your journey to becoming Krishna Confident. Graduating with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) degree from Cass Business School, he lived as a monk for 3 years at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Now a Innovation Consultant for a well known firm, he leads several workshops on collaboration and communication.

The Bhagavatam Series

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

with Ananda Caitanya das

“If you read Srimad Bhagavatam then immediately, you will realize God”
– His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) is referred to as the spotless Purana, which is “directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilization (SB 1.5.11).” It is replete with conversations and pastimes that are deeply instructive for our lives, thus providing a lifetime of reading, re-reading, study and contemplation.

It is not without reason that Rupa Goswami explains in his Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu that even a small attachment for Srimad Bhagavatam can arouse devotional ecstasy (bhava-bhakti), even in a neophyte.

It is often advised however that only when studying the Srimad Bhagavatam do we really gain a grasp of the key personalities, events and lessons that need to be learnt from this paramahamsa-samhita. Indeed, Srila Prabhupada often explains that these books need to be studied in the association of devotees. This “Bhagavatam Series” provides a chance to do just that. In these sessions, we will look into some of the fundamental pastimes in short, digestible chunks, with devotees.

Each pastime will consist of 4 three-hour sessions. They will be interactive and thought-provoking, encouraging learners to think for themselves about the practical application of the text to everyday life. The insights and association of fellow students will also add a unique flavour to the classes. Participants will have the opportunity to look at Srila Prabhupada’s purports and the various pastimes from different viewpoints. Through the power of the Bhagavatam, the sincere participant will no doubt walk away inspired and enlivened.

Please note that it is not necessary to attend Part 1 in order to do Part 2, or Part 2 in order to access Part 3, and so on. All Parts of The Bhagavatam Series are standalone.

Course Structure – Canto 1 (4 parts)

Part 1 – Narada Muni Instructs Vyasadeva (Chapters 4-6)
4 lessons
Study Vyasa’s dissatisfaction, the intervention of his spiritual master Narada, and the muni’s insightful description of his previous life and path to perfection.
Part 1 – Completed

Part 2 – Krsna and His devotees (Chapters 7-9)
4 lessons
Study the aftermath of the Kuruksetra war as Asvatthama tries for revenge, the timeless wisdom of Queen Kunti as she teaches us how to really deal with adversity, and the sagacious words of grandsire Bhisma as he leaves the world.
Part 2 – Completed

Part 3 – Krsna and His Associates End Their Earthly Pastimes (Chapters 13-15 + Canto 11 Chapters 1, 30 & 31)
4 lessons
Delve into the renunciation of Dhṛtarāṣṭra as he finally leaves the palace for the forest, the untimely departure of Lord Krsna, and the subsequent retirement of the Pandavas. This Part 3 also looks at the 11th Canto, which gives us deeper insights into the intriguing circumstances surrounding the departure of the Lord.
Course Dates: Sunday 24th May, 7th, 21st & 28th June 2015 (4 weeks) Note: 31st May is Snana Yatra & 14th June is Ratha Yatra
Time: 2pm – 5pm (please note afternoon timings)
Course Fee: £30

Name(s) of Attendee(s)

Part 4 – Maharaja Parīkṣit & Kali Yuga (Chapters 16-19)
4 lessons
Study the entrance of Kali into the world, how the King was unduly cursed by a young brahmana boy, and Pariksit’s preparations for death as Sukadeva Goswami enters the assembly at an opportune moment.
Course Dates: To be confirmed
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Course Fee: £30

Name(s) of Attendee(s)

Please note, there is no assessment involved in these sessions.

This is essentially a Bhakti Vaibhava-‘lite’ course. The structure makes the study of the Bhagavatam more accessible for those unable to commit to a lengthy period of study and regular assessments as is the case with the official Bhakti Vaibhava course. Thus it gives participants breaks of a few weeks in between the various Parts. A strong understanding of the Bhagavad-gita is recommended in order to be able to keep pace with the lessons. Bhakti Shastri is a plus. For those less familiar with the philosophy of Krishna consciousness, the Bhagavat Life course is more appropriate.

Further information about dates will be published soon.

Participants can sign up to each individual Part as they go along, or enroll for all 4 parts together for a discounted price of £100:

Name(s) of Attendee(s)

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

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal links above, or at the Manor reception (call 01923 851000 and make clear what you are signing up to). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.