Bhaktivedanta Manor Arati & Darshan Timings:
4.30 pm – 4.55 am – Mangal Arati
4.55 am – 5.15 am – Tulasi-arati
7.00 am – 7.05 am – Deity Greeting
7.10 am – Guru-Puja
7.30 am – Srimad-Bhagavatam Class
12.30 pm – 12.55 pm – Raj Bhoga Arati
4.20 pm – 4.30 pm – Dhupa Arati
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm – Bhagavad-Gita Class
7.00 pm -7.25 pm – Sandya Arati
9.00 pm – 9.10 pm – Shayan Arati
9.30 pm – Temple closes
Festivals London ISKCON:
Diwali – Annakuta – Govardhan Puja
Kartik-The Sale of the Year
About The Manor:
In 1973, when George Harrison donated the building and Manor properties, Hertsmere Town Council allowed Bhaktivedanta Manor to function as a theological university. At that time, Srila Prabhupada established a Vaishnava University, with a sanctuary accessible to the public.
After initial complaints from some local residents about the increase in traffic, the Hertsmere Council decided to suppress public worship. In 1981, he tried to stop the faithful and pilgrims by banning all festivals. Later, however, a compromise was reached to limit major festivals to six days a year.
In 1985, fourteen new complaints were sent to Hertsmere. These coincided with two devotees who bought local properties. Hertsmere took further action, but did not get an injunction from the Supreme Court to reduce Sunday’s presence. Hertsmere then issued a notice of execution to completely close the temple to the public. The temple has appealed to the Ministry of the Environment. At that time, the temple also considered the construction of a new driveway, an access road that would take traffic around the village, but the plan to buy land to build an access road failed.
The community of Bhaktivedanta Manor community, mainly Hindu, sent letters and petitions to the British government and organized numerous protest events. In 1989, 7,000 people participated in a sponsored march. Each step was a prayer: “Please, keep our temple open for worship.” The community raised £ 100,000 to pay the legal fees. But in 1990, the appeal was rejected. The Secretary of State announced: “There is no new temple. Stop your worship. Stop your festivals. ‘
The temple appealed to the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the European Court. Everyone said ‘No’. All legal channels have been exhausted. Therefore, the date was set: on March 16, 1994, the temple was close to the public.
Then, a few months before the deadline, negotiations for the land reopened. With the slogan “Get the land – Build the way – Save the temple”, the temple went into action, and 250 people helped raise funds to buy land for the new driveway. The request has been presented to the Council.
On March 16, he was only in a few months, and the Council delayed the examination of the application. Many national and international devotees and supporters have expressed their concerns to the government. One hundred members joined the list of supporters. The British government began to realize that it was not a small problem.
On Wednesday, March 16th, the enforcement notice came into effect. On this historic day, 36,000 people gathered in Westminster, central London, the largest religious gathering in the world outside of India. People came from all over the country in a demonstration of unity behind ISKCON. Hertsmere felt the pressure.
Akhandadhi Das, the temple president at that time, sent good news to the crowd of 36,000 people: “The Council has greeted you. They feel the pressure! Last night, I was told that the doors of the temple can remain open until they take into account our demand for the new access road. The tide changes! “Although it was the darkest day, it turned out to be the turning point.
The new plan was good for the villagers, the temple and the faithful. Unfortunately, as recommended by Hertsmere’s planning experts, Hertsmere’s politicians still refused.
More fundraising followed, more MP lobbying, more campaigns. Much attention has been given to the media, particularly by the BBC. In early 1996, another call was made to the Ministry of the Environment. The public consultation lasted more than six months and included stakeholders for and against the proposed access road. The temple was well represented by political and religious representatives, and even many local villagers supported the proposal.
So wait. The temple entered the beginning of the centenary year of Srila Prabhupada (1996) without a clear indication of when the decision will be made. During this time, the faithful continued to visit, despite being branded as delinquents for breaking the law that included Janmashtami 1994.
Without prior notification, the report of the Ministry of Environment was issued, granting permission to build for the Bhaktivedanta mansion. Hearing the news, the devotees could hardly believe it.
In his final report, the Secretary of State acknowledged that “[the temple] is unique in the United Kingdom because there is no comparable alternative place for teaching.
How to Reach:
By Bus: One bus operates a 602 service from Watford High Street to Hatfield. Once out of Bushey Station, the bus drops down Hartspring Lane and passes directly through a major tour. Once next to the Toby Carvery restaurant, it was on and the nearest bus stop is in front of Hilfield Lane. The main entrance to the Manor Estate is one kilometer along Hilfield Lane, on the left just before Sandy Lane.
By Tube or train:
Bushey Station (London Overground) 3.4 Miles
Radlett Station (British Rail) – 4 miles
Watford Junction Station (London Overground) – 5 miles
Watford Metropolitan (Underground Metropolitan Line) – 5.5 miles
Stanmore Station (London Underground Jubilee Line) – 6 miles
Edgware Station (London Underground Northern Line) – 7 miles
ISKCON London Temple Address:
Hilfield lane, Aldenham
Near Watford, Herts
Telephone Switchboard: 01923 851000
Email: [email protected]