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Dharma Bhakti Manor
Constant development is a core belief amongst the fellowship at Shree Swaminarayan Temple – Dharma Bhakti Manor. Based on a 17 acre site we are in a real good place to develop the area for the young and the elderly alike. The term of continuous development is nothing new to our Satsang as Shreeji Maharaj Himself consistently developed the congregation through a variety of activities such as Sadavrats and holding festivals on a large scale.
The Nand Santos who were a real inspiration worked night and day to ensure that the true form of Bhagwan is realised by many across the different part of India. Maharaj, Himself supported this very cause through discourses in a form of questions and answers to ensure that even a layman can understand the meaning of the Vedas and other scriptures. This very principle of education and guiding people onto the pathway of spirituality exists today.
The fellowship also believes in foundation of allowing females to perform their own Bhakti. From birthplace of the Temple in Edgware to the 17 acre site in Stanmore truly marked a significant change in the way we perform devotion to the Lord. This allowed the male and females to perform their own Bhakti and do their own Seva of the Lord which is as prescribed by Lord Swaminarayan.
Understanding the need that time is of an essence for most and to encourage consuming of freshly made Indian sweets and savouries. Dharma Bhakti Manor provides a pure vegetarian sanctified foods service for devotees. This follows on from the belief that Lord Swaminarayan instilled of making pure foods with mind focussed on the Lord.
To evolve with the times and keep the grass root belief is at the core of what we do. This allows the younger generation to come forward and truly embrace Sanathan Dharma (Hinduism) for what it is.
History of Dharma Bhakti Manor
The charity Shree Swaminarayan Satsang first opened its door to devotees in November 2002. The Mandir itself was small as the previous use of the land was as a community hall. Many gathered on festivals and prayer times but as the years went on the need to expand grew. The restrictions of holding festivals on a grand scale and the sabha areas for males and females becoming small made it necessary to look for another location not too far the existing.
In 2005, the purchase of the current 17 acre site was done. An old and disused health centre got converted into a beautiful Temple and in May 2006, the doors once again welcomed many devotees to divine abode of Lord Swaminarayan.
The separate ladies Temple became a unique nature of the Mandir itself. The Temple complex comprised of many facilities such as tennis courts for sports, ample car parking spaces, rooms for staff and two function halls that caters for many Hindu services including wedding and engagements. With a large onsite kitchen facility it became prudent to deliver sanctified foods to the devotees who used the onsite facilities.
In developing the area, the children playground first came into existence to ensure that when our future generation attend the Temple then it is to pray and enjoy the environment. The Temple consists of acres of woodland and open spaces and to maintain and utilise this beautiful area is something that has been constantly been developing. From planting trees and shrubs to creating usable walkways has been key of recent times.
Katha (Scripture Recitals) Times
Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 10.30am and 7.30pm to 8.00pm
Weekends and bank holidays: 10.00am to 10.30am and 6.00pm to 6.30pm
Katha times on days of festivals will vary. Ekadashi Jaagran after evening Katha. Maha pooja performed every Ekadashi, Hari Jayanti, Poonam and Darsha Amavasya
The Mandir and both function halls are situated amongst 17 acres of open green land and offer the idyllic backdrop for any event capturing the magic of your special day, whatever the occasion may be. Hari Krishna Hall – the main function hall – has proved popular as a wedding venue but also been used for hosting other social / community events too. The smaller Ghanshyam hall provides uses for smaller gatherings alike. In addition, Shree Swaminarayan Temple – Dharma Bhakti Manor offers on site food preparation for a vast variety of sumptuous items of food and are able to prepare for any event on the premises, whether large or small. We also offer this service for external functions and events – all prepared in a sanctimonious environment.
Swaminarayan Vidyaalaya and Sanskar Kendra Gujarati classes have been running since September 2006. They are designed to instill our core cultural values and principles throughout the younger generation.