Hare Krishna Festival Team head to Northampton

Northampton’s festival scene is about to go all spiritual with a Hare Krishna festival.

Well known all over the world for their shaven heads, bright saffron robes, for giving out free food and their famous mantra, the event is expected to see hundreds attend.

ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) and local members of the Hare Krishna movement have teamed up to invite the public to the festivities.

IMG_4427“Probably best known from the Glastonbury Music Festival or for singing in the streets of central London, as the Hare Krishna Festival team we tend to appear all over the place. Whether local carnivals, theatres or town halls we like to be with the people,” said Giridhari Das, a Hare Krishna monk who heads up the UK festival team.

The Hare Krishna Movement follows ancient teachings of devotional yoga with roots in the Vedic culture of India, dating back over 5,000 years. It became popular in the 1960’s when its message was brought to western countries by A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada – an Indian guru, aged 70, who left Vrindavan, India, and set sail for the United States in 1965 with just a few dollars in his pocket.

Within a year of his arrival he set up ISKCON, and today the movement has more than 700 temples and centres worldwide, including 60 farm communities, 50 schools and 90 restaurants.

Last year, the movement celebrated the 50th anniversary since its inauguration in New York by Srila Prabhupada in 1966.

Thanks to The Beatles, and in particular George Harrison’s involvement, ‘Hare Krishna’ has become a household name.

IMG_5602Narada Das, who looks after PR & Communications at ISKCON Festivals, added

“Our philosophy is very rich and attractive to many people. In a world that’s becoming increasingly competitive, and has people believing they’ll only be happy through material gain, we’re showing a deeply positive alternative.

The Krishna Consciousness message is for everyone. A universal, non-sectarian message of love, simple living, service and above all – connecting the self with the original spiritual source, Krishna.”

Northampton’s upcoming Hare Krishna festival is completely FREE, and will include music, dance, and FREE vegetarian food. It’s open to the public and all are welcome.

The event will be held at The Doddridge Centre, 109 St James’ Road, Northampton, NN5 5LD, at 7 pm on Friday 5th May.

For more details visit www.harekrishnafestivals.com, follow @HKFestivalsUK on Twitter, or go to ‘Hare Krishna Festivals UK’ on Facebook.

News Update – April 2017

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisances, All Glories to Srila Prabhupda.

It’s been great to meet so many devotees and members of the public over the past month. The start of the festival calendar has already been a busy one with trips to Yate, Alton, Reading and central London.

As well as visiting schools and supporting devotees with their local services, we’ve also been able to partner with other ISKCON programmes to hosts visiting sannyasis to the UK.

Yate Festival

Over 150 students and teachers at Brimsham Green School in Yate danced and chanted with us on March 22nd.

The Hare Krishna Festival Team was invited along to share philosophy, lead kirtan and explain what the Hare Krishna mantra is all about.

Yate 2017150 plates of prasadam were served, and everyone who came took home literature about Krishna Consciousness.

In an email sent to staff shortly after we left by the Head of Sixth Form, she said:

“Can I just say again a massive thank you for such a brilliant morning. The students really engaged and appreciated the sessions that you organised. It was fantastic!! I think we will be hearing ‘Hare Krishna’ mantras for many days to come in the common room.”

Here’s a short YouTube clip from the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewcnYnFDwwU

Reading Festival

IMG_2706The first Hall Programme of the year was held in Reading on Thursday 23th March, 7pm, at the Reading Irish Centre. The evening included kirtan, dance, video presentations, philosophy, our popular shop stall, and delicious vegetarian prasadam.

We were also extremely pleased to welcome HH Hridayananda Dasa Goswami who gave an inspiring talk to members of the public about Krishna Consciousness.

HD Goswami Public Lectures – Alton and London

On Saturday 25th March in Alton, Hampshire and Saturday 1st April at Student Central in London, Hare Krishna Festivals UK (along with Food for All London) teamed up with Krishna West London to host the visit of Hrydayananda Dasa Goswami to the UK.

Maharaj gave two motivating public talks which attracted devotees from afar and members of the public who came along for the first time. Photos and video footage are available online.

Jayapataka Swami Vyasa Puja Kirtan and Harinam, Edgware

IMG_3021Members of the Hare Krishna Festival Team joined disciples and well wishers of HH Jayapataka Swami on Saturday 8th April to celebrate the Vyasa Puja (Appearance Day) of the Maharaj in Edgware.

After a morning of kirtan, discussion, arati and philosophy, devotees held an ecstatic harinam through the town.



The next stop on the Hare Krishna Festival Team’s 2017 tour will be in Northampton on Friday 5th May, at 7pm, at the Doddridge Centre, 109 St James’ Road, Northampton (NN5 5LD). The evening will include kirtan, dance, video presentations, philosophy, our popular shop stall, a magic show and delicious vegetarian prasadam.

We’ll leave Bhaktivedanta Manor at 1.30pm on the day of the Festival ready for a Harinam in the town at 3pm. If any devotees would like a lift please let us know (narada@harekrishnafestivals.com or TEXT 07737 192156).

We’ll also be in the town on Harinam on:

  • Saturday 22nd April, 12.30pm
  • Saturday 29th April, 12.30pm

Meeting place for all Harinams is Morrisons Car Park (26 Victoria Promenade, Northampton NN1 1HB).

We’ll leave Bhaktivedanta Manor at 11am each Saturday from the back car park (next to the Bakery). If any devotees would like a lift please let Narada know (narada@harekrishnafestivals.com or TEXT 07737 192156).

Looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming Festivals and Harinams.

Photos and films from all events and festivals are available on our Facebook page: Hare Krishna Festivals UK. You can also subscribe to the Hare Krishna Festivals UK YouTube channel for weekly film updates www.youtube.com/user/HareKrsnaFestivalsUK


Your servant,

Narada Das