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Diwali 2014

Friday, October 17th, 2014


DiwaliSunday 26th October 2014

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 cars outside of the manor grounds (there is always sufficient car parking) and walk to the temple under any circumstances as this:

  • Causes danger to pedestrians as you have to walk across the traffic that is coming into the manor
  • Creates blockages in the narrow lanes outside which means emergency vehicles cannot pass through
  • Generates very bad congestion and issues for the villagers who live next door to us
  • Means cars that are parked outside of the temple may be liable to be removed by the authorities

Immediately after the fireworks display there will be Dharshan, prasadam served in the tent and a play by the Bhaktivedanta players will be performed.
We advise waiting for a while after the fireworks to avoid being caught in traffic at the same time.

Dusshera 2013

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


Sunday 13th October 2013
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 last year’s drama.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.