Monday, June 13, 2016

News - British Prime Minister visits Manor for Bhumi Puja

British Prime Minister visits Manor for Bhumi Puja British Prime Minister David Cameron returned to Bhaktivedanta Manor ten years after his first visit to take part in the Bhumi Puja for the Manor's new Shree Krishna Haveli. After seeing the George Harrison garden he proceeded to the temple room where he took darshan of Sri Sri Radha-Gokulananda, Sri Sri Sita Rama Laxman and Hanuman and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. He also garlanded Srila Prabhupada and met some of the residents. The Prime Minster then joined some 300 guests in the main marquee. Present were local politicians, MPs, spiritual leaders, business leaders and a cross section of the devotee community. HH Holinesses Bhakti Charu, Sivarama and Radhanath Swamis and His Grace Praghosa Dasa GBC. On arrival Mr Cameron was treated to a charming performance of "You Raise Me Up" by the children of the Bhaktivedanta Manor and Krishna Avanti Trust schools. After being introduced by MP Sailesh Vara he took to the stage, where his first words were "Hare Krishna!" - much to the delight of those present. The Prime Minister commented on the positive atmosphere he felt, and after recounting Srila Prabhupada's journey to the West remarked that not only was ISKCON celebrating it's 50th anniversary, but that he would also be celebrating his own 50th birthday this year. Mr Cameron was presented with a large ornate copy of Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-gita As It Is before beginning the ground-breaking ceremony. #laxmi

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