ISKCON and Bhaktivedanta Manor


ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna consciousness, also known as the “Hare Krishna movement,” was founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his followers in 1966 in New York. His aim was to create a global confederation of Krishna devotees based on the spiritual teachings of the east known as the Vedas, and especially the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.

ISKCON has since grown into a worldwide organization of individuals, communities, temples, farm projects, schools, and restaurants, each centered on the ideal of service to the Supreme God who is referred to as Krishna, ‘the all attractive one’. This process is known as bhakti yoga.

What is Bhaktivedanta Manor?

Bhaktivedanta Manor is the headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement in the United Kingdom. Situated just north of London in the Hertfordshire countryside, the manor is a heaven for the spiritual seeker

It offers retreat to a world of yoga, meditation, contemplation, sacred and enlivening music and dance, vegetarian food, theatre, workshops, community schooling and the country’s largest fully operational dairy. It also embodies a traditional British organic farm with ploughing oxen.

Bhaktivedanta Manor was donated by George Harrison of ‘The Beatles’ to the Hare Krishna movement in 1973.

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A dedicated community and years of selfless service by its members is what makes the manor an amazing place to be. Here is a little snapshot of the history of the manor and what makes it what it is today.

Visiting Bhaktivedanta Manor

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.

Come and feel the peace, you certainly deserve it. Hope you’ve watched the video, and if you’d like to come and experience it for real, get in touch using the form to the right and we’ll get back to you soon!

Thank you!