Bhaktivedanta Manor

Forty Year 10 Religious Studies students from Newton Abbot College were treated to a fantastic cultural experience when they visited Bhaktivedanta Manor, a Hare Krishna Temple in Watford, earlier this month. The Temple is a huge mock Tudor manor house that used to belong to George Harrison from the Beatles!  Students had the opportunity to tour the grounds, including the ‘Cow Protection’ area, and they rode in a traditional Indian bullock cart. [caption id="attachment_6998" align="aligncenter" width="419"]Priest, Indryesha, meditating with the students Priest, Indryesha, meditating with the students[/caption] Workshops about Hinduism were led by the priest, Indryesha, and the students were able to observe worship at the fabulous shrine.  After a delicious Indian vegetarian lunch, served in traditional style, the students then dressed up Indian style to enact their own Hindu wedding, and even caught glimpses of a stunning Hindu wedding in the shrine room. [caption id="attachment_6999" align="aligncenter" width="385"]Students enacting their own Hindu wedding Students enacting their own Hindu wedding[/caption] Sue Shute, Team Leader of Religious Education, said “This visit opened our students’ eyes to a range of attitudes and beliefs about vegetarianism, reincarnation, suffering and compassion.  They all dressed up and got involved in a Hindu wedding; some made fresh flower garlands, some tried to get a sound from the conch shell, and many had roles in the romantic wedding rituals!  It was a fantastic enrichment opportunity.”

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