Dear all,



We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Shri Krishna Janmashtami!

Janmashtami is one of the most special and sacred of festivals – the historic day that Lord Krishna appeared, some 5000 years ago, and walked among us on this earth. His purpose? To attract our hearts back to their original state – loving devotion to God. Celebrated through grand festivals, flowers, food, dance and storytelling, this has long been a time for making a deeper spiritual connection.

In previous years we have seen the Bhaktivedanta Manor temple in Watford attract more than 60,000 pilgrims for its annual Janmashtami festival. This year the festival – falling on Wednesday 12th August 2020 – will no doubt be a little simpler for many of us, but the principle remains the same: an inspiration to live in a spirit of devotion.

Hindu scriptures explain that just as the sun appears to rise and set according to our vision, yet is always there, so it is with God’s advent in this world. Some of you may know of Krishna’s divine appearance which took place in a prison cell amidst a great storm. During this time of strain and uncertainty, we hope you will find shelter in all the blessings and light that this day can bring.