"Bhaktivedanta Manor is a Gaudiya Vaishnava temple set in the Hertfordshire countryside of England in the village of Aldenham near Watford. The Manor, as it is called by those familiar with it, is owned and run by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, better known as ISKCON or the Hare Krishna movement. It is ISKCON's largest property in the UK, and one of the most frequently visited Radha-Krishna temples in Europe. It stands in 70 acres (280,000 m2) of landscaped grounds consisting of lawns, flower gardens, a children's playground, an artificial lake that attracts many water fowl, and a substantial car-park.

"It was converted from a country mansion called Piggott's Manor, which name may still show on older maps.

"The late Beatles musician George Harrison gave the Manor as an offering of devotion to the founder or the Hare Krishna movement, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Harrison had a close relationship with Prabhupada and met and stayed with him on several occasions. Prabhupada renamed the property Bhaktivedanta Manor: 'Bhaktivedanta' is Sanskrit for 'devotion-Vedanta', i.e. 'the Vedanta which is about devotion'.

"Harrison said he envisaged the Manor would be 'showplace for Krishna consciousness' and 'A place where people could get a taste of the splendor of devotional service to the Supreme Lord.'"

(From WikipediA, The Free Encyclopedia)

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