By Sushma Lobo
London, Aug 26 (BAN): 24th August Radha Krishna Temples all over UK were decorated with colourful fabrics and adorned with beautiful flowers to celebrate the Birth of Krishna as the Hindu festival of Janmashtami is celebrated.
British Asia news went to Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple Known more famously as Watford Temple where the atmosphere is vibrant and the 2 day festival is celebrated with 1000’s of devotees as they celebrate Krishna’s birthday. With performances, dances, singing, praying, a fantastic kids area meeting, monks, food, bazaars shopping, talks and debates to attend and glorious chanting it’s a colourful peaceful event educating and uniting all with peace and love.
MP Barry Gardiner from North Brent was invited as a guest on the main stage and spoke about how the birth of Krishna came during a time of great trouble, violence, corruption and evil that he then had to be taken away as a refugee to be protected from his uncle by his parents he compared it to modern time now “and here we are today in world where there is great corruption, great confusion great violence great evil going on and the refugees are cris crossing our country and the birth of Krishna hear at Janmashtami the coming of god into the world and into our lives is about overcoming just like Krishna overcame his uncle, it’s about overcoming the evil we see around us....having god and having Krishna inside our hearts is about combating the evil and today is a celebration and it’s wonderful to join with you in that celebration, but it is a far far deeper meaning and that is what we truly celebrate. Hare Krishna.”
People flock from all over the world to visit Janmashtami at the Manor, with volunteers helping to make the day the best experience for all. Definitely a festival to visit if you are in London during Janmashtami in August.