Rishi Sunak visits Bhaktivedanta Manor for Janmashtami

Rishi Sunak visits Bhaktivedanta Manor for Janmashtami

Rishi Sunak and his wife  celebrated the festival of Janmashtami at Bhaktivedanta Manor this year. Mr Sunak has visited the temple with this family before many times.  Mr Sunak was welcomed in a customary tradition of blowing of conch-shell and a garland before they toured the Temple and grounds. He was greeted by Her Grace Vishaka Dasi the temple president who said “This is chance to for everyone to experience the hospitality of Bhaktivedanta Manor.”

On August 19th and 21st, the Bhaktivedanta Manor hosted the largest celebration of this kind outside India to celebrate the advent of Lord Krishna culminating with a concert with George Harrison tribute band. There were plays and kirtans all throughout the two days.

The strictly ticketed event included an ancient forest walk and the re-creation of the beautiful ‘Vrindavan forests’ where Krishna played as a young boy. But most visitors came to experience peace of the 78 acres of gardens, lakes and shrine.

Mr Sunak addressed some of the 1,200 volunteers who will be helping at the festival. Kaushik Patel, one of the volunteers, comments: “I come to serve the thousands of pilgrims with my whole family including my 86 year old mother.”

Mr Sunak said “it’s been a tough campaign, but times of the most difficulty I have been given the teachings of the Gita and it has been the Gita that has given me strength to keep fighting for things I believe in.”

His visit culminated in feeding the cows. The Manor has 62 Belgian Fresian cows at what has been described as the Hilton of dairy Farms, promoting the welfare of cows and bulls and compassionate farming techniques.

 

 

 

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