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Aashish Sharma

Aashish Sharma

This festival is one of remembrance of the Lord as the protector of His devotees and the remover of all obstacles and difficulties on the path of devotion to the Lord. Lord Nrsimhadeva, an incarnation of Lord Krishna, is known for His appearance in the world in order to save His devotee, a young child Prahlada. Lord Nrsimhadeva is prayed to daily at all ISKCON temples. This prayer is observed as a protection mantra. Devotees fast till dusk on this day, followed by a feast in His honour.

Lord Rama appeared on this planet millions of years ago in Ayodhya, India, and His appearance is celebrated on this day. Lord Rama’s tragic life - the losing of His kingdom, His wife Sita’s kidnapping, and the inevitable war against Her kidnapper Ravana who was King of Lanka - is depicted in the ancient epic scripture called the "Ramayana" - a famous literature read across all Hindu traditions. Lord Rama is known for His adherence to dharma (religiosity) through all situations He faced and is celebrated as the ideal devotee, king, and husband. Devotees fast until noon on this day, followed by a feast in His honour.

Lord Chaitanya, also known as Gauranga - the golden coloured incarnation of Lord Krishna - appeared in West Bengal, India, around 500 years ago. Gaura Purnima is the festival of His appearance, taking place in spring. The Lord appeared in His previous incarnations as Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, and Lord Nrsimhadeva. Lord Chaitanya transformed the hearts of everyone He met through singing of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and re-establishing the Bhakti-yoga tradition that ISKCON continues through its lineage today. Devotees fast till moonrise on this day, followed by a feast in His honour.

Lord Nityananda's birth in this world is called Nityananda Trayodasi and takes place in spring. Lord Nityananda always accompanies the Lord in all of His incarnations: as Lord Balarama - the beloved brother of Lord Krishna, and as Lakshmana - the younger brother of Lord Rama. Lord Nityananda is known for His compassion on even the most fallen of living entities and is known as the original spiritual guide for all seeking souls. Devotees fast till noon on this day, followed by a feast in His honour.

Sunday, 04 September 2022 00:00

Radhastami - The Festival of the Divine Female

Srimati Radharani’s glorious appearance on this planet occurred on this day around 5,000 years ago. She is the divine female energy of Lord Krishna, His loving potency, which He is all attracted by. Srimati Radharani is the queen of Lord Krishna’s heart and the queen of all living entities. She is Lord Krishna's eternal love and His dearmost devotee, exemplifying the standard of excellence of love and devotion towards Krishna. Devotees fast till noon on this day, followed by a feast in Her honour.

Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.

Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

Dr Slbert Schweitzer

Dr Slbert Schweitzer

The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions.

Saturday, 04 October 2014 00:00

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Darshan Date 19th January 2022

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About the Deities

On the right-hand side of the shrine, you will see Radha-Krishna deities, named Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara (the Lords of London), by Srila Prabhupada. They are the principal deities at our Temple. Installed by Srila Prabhupada in 1969, They are the movement's first full-size marble Radha-Krishna deities. Srila Prabhupada himself supervised Their installation on 14th December 1969 at Bury Place (opposite The British Museum). He was very fond of These deities. When asked who were his favourite deities, he replied, on more than one occasion, that Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara were the most beautiful.

Through the installation of Radha-Krishna deities in London, Srila Prabhupada had fulfilled a long-standing order of the previous spiritual masters in our lineage. They are one of the most prominent set of deities in the entire western world.

Near the feet of Sri Londonisvara is Giri-Govardhana - a small sacred stone that is worshipped to honour Govardhana Hill - the holy mountain in Vrindavana in India - which was lifted by Lord Krishna as a child.

On the left-hand side of the shrine, you will see Lord Jagannath (another form of Krishna on the right-hand side of this part of the shrine), Lord Baladeva (Krishna's brother, on the left-hand side) and Lady Subhadra (Krishna's sister, in between Jagannath and Baladeva). They were hand-carved in London in 1968 by Shyamasundara dasa, who was one of the original six devotees who came from the US to the UK, under the order of Srila Prabhupada to establish Krishna Consciousness here. These unusual deities are based on the original deities in Jagannatha Puri located in Orissa, India.

In the centre part of the shrine, you will see Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai - the incarnations of Krishna and Balarama - and who are the propagators of harinama sankirtan which is the process for spiritual perfection in this age.

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