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One of Srila Gurudev Srila Govinda Maharaj’s last wishes has now become a reality: a beautiful temple building has at last manifested by his divine grace near Heathrow Airport. This is in addition to the established Temple in Green Street, East London, blessed by Srila Gurudev’s lotus feet on several occasions. Built in 1847, this newly acquired, charming and spacious property is of historic importance. Located in the West of London, it is only about 5 minutes drive from the airport. Srila Acharya Maharaj envisions it as a dynamic preaching centre as well as a transit centre convenient for devotees passing through Heathrow Airport. The New London Centre of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is already taking shape nicely. The project is headed by Saraswati Devi Dasi and Lalita Madhava Prabhu, who are happy to give you more information about the various service opportunities available (see our address and contact information at the bottom of the page).
Special mention must go to Sripad Bharati Maharaj, Sripad Nyasi Maharaj, Lalita Madhava Prabhu, Aditinandana Prabhu, Uddharan Prabhu, Lavanya Mayi Devi Dasi, Sachidevi Devi Dasi, Rasamayi Pandita Devi Dasi and Jaya Shree Devi Dasi for their generous monetary contributions and tireless efforts in making this a reality.
There is great opportunity for seva here at this time, with so much to do.
We are very pleased to have received permission to change the legal use of the building from it’s earlier designation as an office. We are now busy making it more suitable for the devotees’ use and for public gatherings. We have just completed an extension to the kitchen, the big hall has been freshly painted, the garden tidied up and a complete makeover of one of the public toilets, including the installation of a shower. A special room for Srila Acharya Maharaj has been refurbished and decorated and awaits His Divine Grace’s visit.
We plan to instal a disabled toilet and four additional en-suit bathrooms. All the refurbishment is enthusiastically being done by the devotees.
A beautiful temple room is now established. Mention must also go to Sripad Avadhuta Maharaj for providing the beautiful furniture from Jodhpur, including a simhasan, etc., which ornaments the building.
Daily programmes are now taking place at the new centre, and all major festivals will be celebrated here to cater for devotees and newcomers from the local area. We have recently started a Vaishnava children and youth programme with the aim of educating and nourishing the younger generation, preparing them as the future preachers and leaders of our divine Mission. More preaching activities are presently being planned and organised.
There is so much service opportunity available on a daily basis. Many hands make light work, and when it comes to devotees serving together, the more the merrier… So please get in touch if you feel that you’re able to help in any capacity. Additionally, at present we are eagerly seeking funds to cover the cost of the project, so any service donations are very much welcomed.
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, London.
Greville House, Hazelmere Close,
Feltham, London TW14 9PX
Tel: 020 8890 9525
Mobile: 07554446739 (Saraswati Devi Dasi)