Sunday Festival – Timetable
Every Sunday throughout the year, the Hare Krishna Temple has a FREE open event that everyone is welcome to attend.
The “Sunday Festival” schedule of events is as follows:
12:00 noon & 12:20 pm > Ferry leaves for the Island (from the mainland at Geaglum Quay)
12:30 – 1:00 > Congregational Chanting
1:00 – 2:00 > Introductory Talk and Q&A
2:00 – 3:00 > Vegetarian Feast (free / donations welcome)
3:15 > First Return Ferry
4:30 > Second Return Ferry
If you need to know more about the Sunday Feast, then come along, or contact us here.
HOW CAN I COME TO VISIT?
Please see the DIRECTIONS here
CAN I STAY LONGER?
Yes, but we need to meet you first and discuss the details.
DO I NEED TO CALL FOR A FERRY?
Yes, you can call temple reception on +44 28 677 23878 upon arrival, or if you planning to come with the bigger group, please let us know 1 day in advance about your arrival, so we can arrange food (Prasadam) and also call for a ferry when you arrive on the spot.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR STAYING OVERNIGHT?
Yes, we accept donations of 20£/ day. Those who have no money can discuss it with us and by engaging in practical help one can stay without payment.
WHAT TIME IS PUJA?
4.30-4.55am – Mangal Arati : Mangala-arati is the first temple ceremony of the day. It begins at 4:30am and is considered mangala, or ‘auspicious’ for all who participate. The devotees sing beautiful prayers glorifying the spiritual master and the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
4.55-5.15am – Tulasi-arati : This ceremony is right after mangala-arati. Tulasi is a sacred plant which is very dear to the Lord, and worship of Tulasi-devi is most beneficial. Tulasi-arati is performed like this: The devotees sing prayers to Tulasi-devi while one devotee offers her arati with incense, ghee lamp, and flowers. When the song is finished, the devotees circumambulate Tulasi-devi and offer her water by pouring some drops at her root.
7.00-7.05am – Deity Greeting: After the Deities have been worshiped in private, they give Their audience (Darshan) to the devotees and the public, who then can see the shrine and offer worship and prayers. This is accompanied by a recorded singing of the Govindam prayers of the Brahma-samhita. The priest offers a short Arati ceremony with ghee lamp, incense, chamara whisk, and in warm weather, a peacock fan.
7.10am – Guru-Puja : At this time, members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness offer their obeisances to their founder Srila Prabhupada as the instructing guru for all devotees. Devotees are eternally indebted to him for single-handedly bringing Krishna consciousness to the Western world and thus giving everyone the opportunity to become a lover of Krishna. During the guru-puja, the devotees sing prayers glorifying the spiritual master and offer flower petals and bow at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada.
7.30am – Srimad-Bhagavatam Class : After singing and dancing, the devotees sit down and listen to a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam. The speaker reads a verse and Srila Prabhupada’s explanation of it, and then elaborates on the topics discussed there. At the end of the class, there are usually questions or comments. Thus an interesting and enlightening discussion often takes place.
12.30-12.55pm – Raj Bhoga Arati : The raja-bhoga-arati follows the noon offering of food to the Deities. It lasts for about 25 minutes. The priest offers incense, ghee lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara, and (in warm weather) also a peacock fan.
4.10-4.20pm – Dhupa Arati : This Arati lasts for 10 minutes. The priest offers incense, flowers, chamara, and (in warm weather) also a peacock fan. Food offered to the Deities is usually fruits.
6.30-7.00pm – Sandya Arati : This is also known as Gaura-arati. The devotees sing Sri Gaura-arati – a joyful song glorifying Lord Chaitanya and His associates. It lasts for about 25 minutes.
8.30pm – Shayan Arati : The final Arati of the day allows all the devotees to have a last opportunity to see the Deities and offer their prayers.
9.00pm – Temple closes.
** IMPORTANT NOTE: DARSHAN IS CLOSED FROM 1PM TILL 4.10PM EXCEPT ON SUNDAYS WHEN IT IS OPEN ALL DAY.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I CAN SPONSOR?
Yes, you are welcome to sponsor festivals and Sunday programs.
Apart from that there are many things that you can buy and bring as an offering to the Lord. We don’t offer anything pre-cooked though.
There are many other longer term projects that need financial support, you may kindly inquire from us to be involved.
The most popular things that you can offer are:
WE DON’T OFFER MEAT, FISH, EGGS, MUSHROOMS, ONIONS, GARLIC, TEA, COCOA,
**At the moment we have too much of rice, if you wanted to bring some rice, please bring atta flour instead.
WHO IS KRISHNA?
Vasudeva, or Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Anyone, can take advantage of the holy names of Lord Sri Krsna even in the midst of greatest dangers. The transcendental name of Krsna, even though uttered unconsciously or by force of circumstances, can help one obtain freedom from the hurdle of birth and death.
CAN I PRACTICE KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS IF I AM MARRIED AND HAVE A FAMILY?
It is not advisable to leave one’s family suddenly, for people are not trained. It would be better to remain with family and try to become purified by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra regularly under the direction of a spiritual master.
One can remain comfortably in his residence. We simply request everyone to chant the maha-mantra: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
One can read Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and Srimad-Bhagavatam. These works are now available in an English translation and are done very authoritatively to appeal to all classes of men.
DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN THE TEMPLE-ASRAM TO BECOME A DEVOTEE?
DO I NEED TO CHANGE MY DRESS TO BECOME A DEVOTEE?
CAN WOMEN JOIN THE HARE KRISHNA MOVEMENT?
Yes, of course.
DO I HAVE TO GIVE UP MY JOB OR BELONGINGS TO BECOME A MEMBER?
WHAT IS THE CHANTING OF THE HARE KRISHNA MAHA MANTRA?
This chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra is enacted from the spiritual platform, and thus this sound vibration surpasses all lower strata of consciousness — namely sensual, mental, and intellectual. There is no need, therefore, to understand the language of the mantra, nor is there any need for mental speculation nor any intellectual adjustment for chanting this maha-mantra. It is automatic, from the spiritual platform, and as such, anyone can take part in the chanting without any previous qualification.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga means concentration of the mind, detached from all other subject matter. And actually such concentration is cent percent engagement in the service of the Lord. And one who concentrates his attention in that manner is called a yogi.
WHAT IS BHAKTI YOGA?
Bhakti-yoga means the activity of exchange of love between the Lord and the devotee.
ARE THERE ANY RULES AND REGULATIONS?
Yes, there are regulative, spiritual principles that will greatly enhance your development.
WHAT IS VEDA?
The word veda means “Knowledge.”
WHAT IS THE HARE KRISHNA LIFESTYLE?
There is a large scope of lifestyles just as there is a large scope of practical situations in everyones life. Devotees can help you create a more Krishna Consciousness lifestyle regardless of your situation.
WHAT IS A HARE KRISHNA DIET?
We recommend that you eat Prasadam (Mercy). That means food that is offered to Krishna first in thanks, before taking.
WHAT IS THE METHOD OF PRACTICE?
The method is very simple. Associate with devotees, and take part in all the activities related to Krishna. You can especially chant this holy name under guidance: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
IS THERE ANYTHING PRACTICAL THAT I COULD DO TO HELP?
Yes, please contact us and we will tell you how you can serve practically. Alternatively you may like to support our activities by offering your donations or becoming a patron.
IS HARE KRISHNA MOVEMENT A HINDU MOVEMENT?
No. That is a misconception. This cultural movement is especially meant to educate all people in how they can love God.
WHAT IS REINCARNATION?
“As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth, and then to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.” [Bhagavad-gita As It Is 2.13]
In essence, we are not this body, but we accept a particular body to enjoy in a particular way for some time, until death comes to the body. This is all carried on by superior arrangement.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT DIFFERENT RELIGIONS?
There’s one God, and one nature’s law, and we are all under that nature’s law. We are controlled by the Supreme.
The Hare Krsna movement is meant for those who are serious about understanding this science. There’s no question of our being some sectarian group. No. Anyone can join. Students in college can be admitted. You may be a Christian, you may be a Hindu, you may be a Muhammadan — it doesn’t matter. The Krsna consciousness movement admits anyone who wants to understand the science of God.
Welcome to ISKCON Northern Ireland Volunteering. You will find a great choice of activities that you can get involved in.
If you wish to volunteer for any of these activities please contact the temple reception.
We don’t expect anyone to take on the Hare Krishna philosophy, but we kindly ask you to come with an open heart and mind to experience the “goodness” way of life: simplicity, health, vegetarianism, spirituality and personal growth.
As the Hare Krishna Movement is a vegetarian based faith, we ask all our volunteers to refrain from eating meat, fish, or eggs whilst with us. In addition we do not allow smoking, or drinking/drugs while you are staying with us.
Say it all with flowers! Are you creative and artistic? Then making flower garlands for the altar is one of the sweetest devotional services you can do.
Our festivals also require the most beautiful flower arrangements and displays.
Sunday Festival Volunteering
Volunteers will mainly be helping with preparing the Sunday Festival. Activities options will include chopping of vegetables, cooking, cleaning, serving the feast in the temple room, washing pots, and cleaning the kitchen after the feast.
The Sunday Festival’s Service teams are a great way to make friends and discover your Krishna Consciousness in a fun and spiritually rewarding way.
Please come and get involved…!
Cleaning has always been a great part of Hare Krishna culture, and in this regard our founder once commented ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’. From kings to beggars, everyone can take part in cleaning Krishna’s temple.
Volunteers are always much appreciated, and help is always needed to clean the kitchen, stairs, kitchen pots, temple room, and common areas. Cleaning service is available all day every day, so please feel free to come and get involved. In Hare Krishna culture, simple menial service like this is respected as one of the most powerful ways to transcend the false ego, and this pleases Krishna and His devotees.
Book distribution is one of the key activities in the Hare Krishna movement. We require volunteers to distribute book on special occasions, or on an adhoc basis suited to your individual circumstances. Please contact temple reception if you are interested.
Book distribution is one of the most important services of the the Krishna Consciousness movement. Our Founder stressed this service over any other service at this time. Please give some of your valuable time and get involved wholeheartedly.
There is also a little garden beside the temple, which can produce quite a range of “non-violent” vegetables annually, if nicely looked after. If you’ve got “green fingers”, and want to dig in, then please get in touch.
Joining the Ashram can be for everyone, no matter your situation.
As we all have different circumstances in which we happen to be living, we need to learn how to live our lives spiritually in whatever circumstances we happen to be.
In that vein, here is our offer to you. Come and stay in the temple to learn the basics of spiritual practice.
To become free from material desires and fixed in spiritual Krishna consciousness, training under the guidance of a more advanced practitioner is highly recommended, and practically a necessity.
Of course, not everyone can join an Ashram for an extended period of time, due to other commitments in one’s life, still a bit of spiritual training and guidance would help you to make steady progress in your devotional practice.
Thus we offer a variety of experiencing options, and we hope you will be able to find one that is suitable for your situation.
Join the Ashram for 2 days – choose a weekend, or any time, and experience temple lifestyle. This will surely give you an ecstatic experience and will keep you going, with a better knowledge of spiritual life. You will be able to get a practical guidance on how to practice your spiritual life in your personal situation at home.
Join the Ashram for 2 weeks – maybe you don’t have a very busy lifestyle, or would like a totally spiritual retreat experience, and can come for two weeks. You will experience everything that the shorter option offers, but in more quantity, and of course, you will have more time to make spiritual friendships with the resident and experienced devotees.
Join the Ashram for 2 months – Staying for two months in the temple gives you a tangible immersive experience, and offers a lot of insight into your own situation. After those two months, you will be going back to your own life well equipped in spiritual understanding as well as new habits for practice. You may consider staying longer, and can discuss that option at any point.
Join the Ashram for 2+ years – This is for strongly determined individuals who have already gone through some of the previous options, and have reached a clear understanding of what Ashram life is like. Within this period of time, you will undergo a training program preparing you for initiations into the spiritual Disciplic Succession or Parampara. Your life will be one of full commitment and surrender in the spirit of unmotivated devotional service for Krishna. Within that time you will be able to deepen your realisations, and become more free from the influences of material desires. Of course, your spiritual progress will depend a lot on your attitude and spirit in the practice.
If you are interested in any of these do not hesitate to get in touch:
Phone : +44 (0)28 6772 38 78