On Saturday 6 May, the Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor, HG Vishaka Devi, and Communications Secretary HG Radha Mohan Das, were selected to represent The Manor at the historic occasion of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, which took place at Westminster Abbey in London.
For the first time in history, religious leaders representing different faiths were invited to play an active role in the Coronation ceremony, in order to reflect modern multi-faith Britain and The King’s own commitment to inclusivity.
Vishaka Devi participated in the official Procession of Faith Leaders and Representatives in the ceremony, where she represented the Hindu community and Bhaktivedanta Manor, amongst leaders from the Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Shia Muslim, Sunni Muslim and Jewish faiths.
Radha Mohan Das also attended as a guest at the historic Royal event, to celebrate the inter-faith work he has undertaken as part of his service at Bhaktivedanta Manor.
Regarding her invitation to attend the King’s Coronation, Her Grace Vishaka Devi said: “On the historic occasion of His Majesty’s Coronation, I was honoured to be representing the Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple. And I felt privileged and delighted to be standing together with respected leaders of diverse spiritual paths. The King’s continued championing of interfaith harmony and his respect for followers of all spiritual paths is renowned. It’s wonderful that this ethos was celebrated at the Coronation and is part of The King’s ongoing commitment to evoking harmony amidst diverse communities.”
His Grace Radha Mohan Das added: “It was a truly unforgettable day, where eyes across the world were firmly fixed on the King’s Coronation. I am so proud to have had the opportunity to represent HDG Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON and Bhaktivedanta Manor at this historic occasion; it is wonderful that Britain’s rich multi-faith tapestry was celebrated as part of the ceremony.”