Over 75,000 Expected at Janmashtami Festival at Aldenham Hindu Temple

August 22, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times


On August 22, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Over 75,000 Hindus and other visitors are expected to gather at the sleepy town of Aldenham, just north of London on August 26 and August 28 to celebrate the 5000 year-old Hindu festival of Janmashtami at the famous Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple. The festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor, which is a Manor house donated by former Beatle George Harrison, includes lively plays, traditional Indian dances, melodious singing, food stalls, multi-media shows, elaborate worship, meditation and chanting, youth tents, games, children's areas, bullock-wagon rides and much more. All 75,000 visitors will be given a free vegetarian meal specially sanctified by a sacred offering to Lord Krishna. What is remarkable is that the entire festival is managed and run by volunteers from the community who gather every evening after work for a month prior to the event and put in countless hours of hard work for the occasion."