Mantra Rock & Krishna’s Winter Market

In honour of Srila Prabhupada’s 125th birth anniversary, Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Sri Krishna Haveli presented a collaborative event for the devotees, community, congregation and locals with over 1,000 visitors. 

The day started with a robust “Krishna’s Winter Market” with over 30 stalls of all different types.  The devotees, community members, worshippers and friends of the temple who have their own bespoke creations of hand-made jewellery, arts and crafts, vegan soaps, children’s books, ethnic homeware and so much more were showcased.  A Krishna Wish tree inspired worshippers and guests to write a prayer and decorate a bauble and hang it on the tree. 

Delicious mince pies, mouth-watering waffles and ice cream, masala-dosas to stone baked freshly made pizza stalls, candy floss and lots of hot beverages were presented on festive food carts, were served fresh.

One of our congregation members Sneha commented:

“After such a long duration of Covid, it was wonderful to see all the devotees coming together with their talents in an inspiring atmosphere where we purchase, talk and eat together.”

By the afternoon a Mantra Rock 6 hour Kirtan ensued in the main kirtan hall, serving a devotional serenade to the pleasure of the guests.  The Kirtan was inspired by the original Mantra Rock Dance that took place in the San Francisco in 1967.  The original vintage marketing with a contemporary twist was staged in the hall, with a splash of flower power, 1970’s vintage microphones, hanging japa beads, vintage footage of Srila Prabhupada singing and dancing on the big screen, together with a beautiful brass image of Lord Krishna which glistened on the stage.

Kirtan London was headed by Ananda Monet, who gathered together a wonderful group of Kirtaneers who filled up the 6 hour slot with their melodious voices.  Radha Londonisvara, Karunamayi, Keli Kanana, Ananda Monet, Kavi Chandra, Kishori Jaini, Abishek Singh and Radhika Ranjana were the line-up.

The organisers and the devotees at Bhaktivedanta are grateful to contribute this wonderful event in honour of his Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada during the year of his 125th birth anniversary.