7 August 2017

Visiting the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple, Watford.

Back in February 1973, a property known was Piggott's Manor was donated to the Hare Krishna movement in by former Beatle George Harrison, after the Radha Krishna Temple in central London had become inadequate to house the growing number of devotees.
Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi
Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi

A mock Tudor Hare Krishna temple was the last thing I'd expect to see in the Hertfordshire countryside - but then there is the stunning Neasden Temple, a Wimbledon Buddhist temple and several mosques across London, so why am I surprised?

It won't come as a shock to regular readers (Hi Dad!) that, when I spotted the sign on a mini-roadtrip with my good friend (aka WB) I immediately got to convincing her to pop in with me on our way back to Watford station where a train waiting to shepherd me back into central London.


Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi

Harrison said he envisaged that the Manor would be a "guide to Krishna consciousness" and "A place where people could get a taste of the splendor of devotional service to the Supreme Lord".

Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi
Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi

In the main house, a temple room holds most of the guests and shrines dedicated to Radha and Krishna, named "Radha Gokulananda", Gaura-Nitai deities, and the third, Sita, Rama, his brother Lakshmana and Hanuman.

Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi

Slipping our shoes off and popping inside for a few moments of wandering, we didn't want to interrupt any of the devotions, so continued our ramble outside in the 7 acres of gardens.

Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi

Peaceful perfection.

Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi

Dotted throughout the woods are deities nestled in tree stumps and devotional reminders.

Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi
Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor Watford Adventures of a London Kiwi

Who needs to board a flight to travel?

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