Just off Portland Road, down the road from Norwood Junction Train Station, turn down Enmore Road and you come upon large gold and black gates with the words Hare Krishna inscribed. This is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness South London temple.
Welcome to the world of Vaishnava culture and Vedic learning, the home of Gaura Nitai. Welcome to the world of tranquillity, beauty and spiritual bliss. Welcome home!
Make your way to the main entrance at the side of the property, leave your shoes on the rack and step into the Temple Room. On the alter in front of you is the Lord Himself, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Shyamsundar
These are the deities of the temple and it is recommended that you bow down and offer your obeisance to them. Behind you is the murti (form) of the founder acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Daily Temple Schedule
7 days a week , 4 am – 9.30 pm
Time Temple Service
4.30 am: Mangala Arati First morning worship ceremony of the deities
5.00 am: Tulasi Puja Worship Tulsi Devi
5.15 am: Japa Meditation Mantra meditiation, recitation of the Maha Mantra
7.15 am: Greeting the Deities Deity greeting ceremony
7.30 am: Guru Puja Worship of the spiritual master Srila Prabhupada
9.30 am: Breakfast Prasadam
7.30 pm: Sandhya arati
8.00 pm: Nrsimha Prayers
Sunday Satsangs Times
4.00 pm: Greeting of the Dieties and Gurupuja
4.30 pm: Tulsi Aarti
4.45 pm: Gaura Aarti
5.30 pm: Spiritual Discourse
6.15 pm: Nrsinga Aarti and announcements
6.30 pm: Prasadam (vegetarian feast)
We kindly ask you to remove your shoes before entering the temple building and store them in the shoe racks provided. Please keep all your belongings and valuables with you at all times.
It is customary that men and women sit separately whilst in the temple room, with a clear passageway down the middle of the room.
You will see people coming into the temple and bowing down to the Deities, Srila Prabhupada and devotees. This is known as paying obeisances and is a display of respect.
Temple arati are sung in the ancient language of Sanskrit or Bengali, translation and songs book are available on request. All classes and talks are preformed in English.
While sitting the legs/feet should be covered, feet should never turn towards the Deities, Srila Prabhupada, Tulasi devi. The temple room is meant for devotional activities, hearing, chanting, reading, praying etc. One must be respectful of the Deities and do not commit offenses before Them.
For further rules in regards to the temple room: Read Nectar of Devotion pg 68-72