Bhaktivedanta Manor - Hare Krishna Temple

Bhaktivedanta Manor - Hare Krishna Temple, Watford

Bhaktivedanta Manor - Hare Krishna Temple

Bhaktivedanta Manor - Hare Krishna Temple
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
About
In the Hertfordshire countryside just north of London, Bhaktivedanta Manor, complete with its farmlands, beautiful gardens and temple is a real sanctuary for the soul. Open all year round to visitors and students of ancient wisdom, the temple offers a great experience with tours of the shrine, gardens and compassionate farm. See the rooms of the famous Hare Krishna guru Srila Prabhupada, to whom George Harrison gifted this iconic mock Tudor mansion. Visitors may participate in inspirational talks, yoga classes, mantra meditation, vegetarian cooking classes and various retreats.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Sanjiv
Yorkshire, UK107 contributions
Spiritual and Uplifting
Aug 2021
We have been coming to Bhaktivedanta Manor for the last 40 years. The site which includes a superb Hindu Shrine, gardens and farm has been developed over the years. It's owned by the Hare Krishna movement and the Manor was a donation from Beetle George Harrison. It's a temple and theological college which is open to the public, who come in huge numbers.

The atmosphere is electric, the vibe is divine and the attention afforded by the monks and nuns who live here is caring and attentive. The worship is so calm but inspiring and you leave feeling happy and refreshed. Probably Europe's premier Hindu centre!
Written September 4, 2021
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M433AN
United Kingdom10 contributions
The one place to go for true happiness
Aug 2021 • Family
Amazing peaceful place, learnt so much about life and the higher purpose. Originally owned by the Beatles singer George Harrison.
Written August 26, 2021
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01paris10
London, UK7 contributions
Very professional Covid measures
Aug 2020
I went to the temple today for the Janmastahmi Festival (Krishna's Birthday). The procedures for Covid are second to none. You must book your visit online so visitor numbers are manageable, and you details are recorded. I was a bit late, but they double checked my booked time, name and vehicle reg. Once there, clear signs lead you to the temple room. Where you can do darshan. Along the path were beautiful decorations. The queues moved fast and sanitiser was available along the way, in many places.
After darshan I noticed they cleaned they disinfected the temple room. Something that's being done frequently it would seem.

Outside there were volunteers at tables for donations. There was a shop selling incense, prints, paintings, clothes, jewelry and toys. There is also a snack shop with pre packed, but fresh and hot food.

I also went to the cow shed, where you can buy a bowl of food for £2.

Having visited the temple over decades, I have seen the change from grounds that were just mud and dirt to now, with extensive development. There are high quality walk ways, lots of new buildings, including a room for weddings. It has gone from being an informal pious place, to a more formal and commercial place. Change is inevitable however, I'd prefer if it had less of a business/ theme park feel.

I find the bakery prices high for the quantity and quality of food. Likewise, charging for feeding cows feels disrespectful.

Overall the house and gardens are superb. A place you can go alone and feel safe.
Written August 15, 2020
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Shashi P
Milton Keynes, UK49 contributions
Amazing place to visit
Feb 2020
I try to visit Bhaktivedanta Manor as often as I can through out the year and especially during the Janmastahmi Festival (Krishna's Birthday) which usually falls sometime in August. This is a very tranquil place to visit, with lovely gardens, the pond, the woodland walk, the cow pen where you can purchase greens to feed the cows, and of course the magnificent temple. Such tranquil surroundings and a lovely place to just relax or start your spiritual journey. There are prayer times throughout the day so check their website for details of these if you would like to attend. There is a lovely cafe on site for refreshments, and prashad is always served too. I would highly recommend a visit if you are in the area, you will have a wonderful uplifting experience.
Written March 10, 2020
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tia662
London, UK87 contributions
Indian wedding - fabulous location, nice house and grounds, super vegetarian food
Jun 2019
Perfect setting for an Indian wedding in a great location with a beautiful house and gardens. Also had marques for food. The food was excellent vegetarian ... very clean and pure food. The day was perfect and the sun came out.
Written December 1, 2019
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911ravindras
London, UK15 contributions
No sparkle this Diwali
Oct 2019 • Family
Left Cambridge to visit this iconic and historic site. A gift from George Harrison , Beatles member to the Hare Krishna’s. The property is lovely with tranquil gardens. The temple hall is stunning and captures the heart. This love affair ends here though. The harshness and coldness by the hosts do not fit the cultural and historic heritage of the manor.
Written October 27, 2019
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Nirvana D
Edgware, UK257 contributions
Janmastahmi Festival
Aug 2019 • Friends
Lively with crowds wanting to enjoy the spirit of the festival including darshan of the deity & having prasad dressed in variety of clothes including tight fitting shorts worn by women!. However as in typical desi fashion , with no facility of rubbish bins or plastic bags provided to discard used paper plates & wooden forks , the devotees dump food rubbish which piles up in an unsightly manner in corners of the property which can't be good with all the dust swirling around!
Written August 26, 2019
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Kam B
Kingsbury, UK32 contributions
Peaceful, Calming, Spiritual place
Aug 2019
Famous for it's George Harrison connection, this wonderful haven tucked away off the A41 in Watford is a beautiful place to take some time out from life and take in some much needed nature - benefits the mind, body, spirit and palate. It is a huge place, with the main manor housing the absolutely stunning statues of Radha Krishna. The grounds around the manor have plenty of seating to take in the plants and flowers. Or simply sit on the grass and shut your eyes and relax. You can also feed the cows in another part of the grounds using their organic grown feed. Currently the place is going through a major building phase that will make it even more enticing to visit, especially at times of key Hindu celebrations. Plenty of car parking available too and easy to get to.
Love the karma free vegetarian food served every day - freshly cooked and tasty.
It's beautiful on a warm summer day to while away the hours, take pictures, learn about the Hindu culture. It hosts numerous classes for all ages should you wish to delve deeper. Be respectful of the place and it's values and you will have a truly spiritual day and feel re-charged.
Written August 19, 2019
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fw12015
Wiesbaden, Germany143 contributions
Lovely and peaceful place
Aug 2019
The Temple and the whole property with nice pond and gardens, its cattle and green houses, restaurant/café etc. is a wonderful place to visit and spend some hours walking around, sitting down and relaxing. Perfect for families as well. Everybody is welcome there. It is a very peaceful place.
Written August 7, 2019
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Susan D
Pinner, UK77 contributions
Peaceful
Jul 2019 • Friends
Many thanks, Sirurs, a very pleasant hour discussing Hare Krishna. Ask at reception and a small tour of the building is arranged. Well worth a visit.
Written July 30, 2019
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Bhaktivedanta Manor - Hare Krishna Temple is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM