Late Beatles George Harrison donated the Manor in Watford to ISKCON. It is spread over 70 acres and hosted 60,000+ people on Janmashtmi day.
Over 70,000 people descended at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple in Watford to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna – Janmashtami. Filled with prayers, music, dancing and traditional food, the annual event which is run by 1,500 volunteers was touted to be the largest ever celebration outside India.
Srutidharma Das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor told the Watford Observer: “The manor was gifted to us by George Harrison in 1973 and it carries on his legacy of sharing ancient wisdom and cultural richness of the east. The festival message is simple and universal, through love we connect, we belong and we transcend. The festival promotes the importance of love and community in what is today a very diverse society and is only made possible with the help of 1,500 volunteers.”
The vibrant community of ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor are undergoing another exciting project. A “Gita Walk” will take place on Sunday 16th September 2018, starting from the Krishna Avanti School in Edgware and ending at Bhaktivedanta Manor where participants will have kirtan, prashadam and family fun!
The sponsored charity walk will take Bhaktivedanta Manor another step closer to fulfilling its dream. The Shree Krishna Haveli buildings will provide facilities to bring communities together for cultural activities, education and spiritual rejuvenation for present and future generations.
The aim of the organisers is to give all participants the opportunity to support the project by raising as many funds as they can, whilst also getting fit and having a devotional experience. They are hoping to raise £500,000 from this particular project.