Welcome to the Nectar of Vraja UK Sanga Hari Katha Festival web page.
The fourth Nectar of Vraja Festival with Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja will be held at the end of May 2016 at Britain’s most Southerly point – the beautiful destination of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, UK. This year we are delighted to say that we will also be joined by Sripad Bhaktivedanta Vaikhanas Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Srauti Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Bhagavat Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Ashram Maharaja and Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhusudhan Maharaja.
Great news – as last year, there will be no festival fee! Register HERE >
Henry’s Campsite in The Lizard village is the special venue we’ve found for Nectar of Vraja 2016. Gallery of campsite images > (link opens new window).
Bring the whole family to this wonderful area for six days of hari-katha, kirtan and prasadam. During breaks you can explore the beaches, cliffs and attractions of Cornwall.
The festival is Friday 20th to Friday 27th May 2016.
Daily kirtan is an integral part of our practice – necessary before class in order to unlock the secrets behind the lectures. Go deep. Bring your instruments, song books and singing voices and get ready to sway with the transcendental sounds.
Hari Katha schedule begins AM on 21st May and continues through until PM on 26th May. A total of 18 glorious classes (12 morning and 6 evening) with special guest speakers:
Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Vaikhanas Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Srauti Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Bhagavat Maharaja and Sripad Bhaktivedanta Ashram Maharaja and Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhusudhan Maharaja.
Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja is the diksa-disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja. By his order, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja performed the function of personal servant to world renowned Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja for 21 years. He now continues to preach the same mission worldwide.
Based mainly in France, Sripad Srauti Maharaja also preaches around the world under the shelter and instructions of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja.
Last year was Sripad Bhaktivedanta Vaikhanas Maharaja‘s first trip out of Bangalore, India in four years – he came straight to the UK to share with us his Vrndavana foot-dust and loved it so much that he has promised to come again this year. He also preaches under the shelter and instructions of our dear-most Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja.
An acclaimed speaker with the ability to convey the truths of the Vedic texts in a modern way, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Bhagavat Maharaja currently preaches worldwide also under the guidance of our dear-most Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja.
All prasadam is being prepared by a team of experienced devotee cooks at Hari’s Kitchen on-site. All ingredients fully organic, vegan and as pure as we can get. There is no prasadam fee.
There are some other on-site activities being prepared for the pleasure of festival goers.Anyone who wishes to put something on, i.e., a drama, stallholder or workshop, please contact Jag Mohini dasi (contact details below)
Workshops running throughout the festival include;
Showing videos, lectures and archive film of Vrndavan parikrama.
Parent-run creche and Children’s Play Area
Parents please help each other out and sign up for some creche duties. Anyone wishing to perform or run a workshop with children is welcome to contact us with their ideas (creche duty counts as daily seva).
Devotional Art Gallery
Featuring devotional paintings, arts and craftwork produced by devotees.
Submit Your Artwork
If you have a piece of art that you’d like to show in the exhibition please contact us via the Gallery Facebook page.
Galleon Kitchen Area:
Prasadam schedule posted below.
Main Room: located in the main heated marquee right next to the Galleon kitchen.
Schedule of Events and Daily Programs
Friday 20th May
Appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva
Fasting until twilight then Ekadasi preps
5:30pm Evening class
8:00pm Evening Prasadam
Saturday 21st-Thursday 26th May
5:30am Mangala Arati
6:00am Morning walk
7:30am Morning class
8:30am Breakfast Prasadam
10:00am Mid-morning class
12:30pm Lunch Prasadam
5:30pm Evening class
8:00pm Evening Prasadam
Friday 27th May
7:00am Farewell to Sripad BV’s Madhava and Srauti Maharaja.
Camping is £10.50 per adult, per night and ETAV is covering the costs for any children under 18. Please contact the campsite directly with your camping arrangements (i.e., number of people, size of tents, vehicles etc.) and quote the code HARIBOL to reserve your spot at the festival.
Take a look at the camp site – http://www.henryscampsite.
Please note their are no caravans for rent at Henry’s campsite.
As The Lizard is a holiday village, there are many other types of accommodation available in this area including hotels, b&b, self catering accommodations (houses, caravans and chalets).
Having trouble deciding where to stay? Here’s a little list of just some of the accommodation available in the area…
CAMPING @ FESTIVAL SITE
Need help with accommodation arrangements? Please contact Jag Mohini dasi.
National Express coach to Helston. Bus into the Lizard Village. Henry’s is signposted from there and just a couple of minutes walk from the stop.
Train to Truro or Redruth station then a bus to the Lizard.
Road to Helston via A39. From Falmouth follow signs for Helston (A394), then on to the Lizard.
Need help with travel arrangements? Please contact Jag Mohini dasi.
Please check the festival Facebook page for latest updates.
Here’s a link to last years festival pages Nectar of Vraja 2015