ABSTRACT

The three previous chapters each presented Caitanya Vaiñëava image worship viewed through one of three lenses. The fi rst chapter introduced key texts in a complex canonical foundation for image worship; the second chapter portrayed important aspects of image worship observable today in a prominent Vrindavan hereditary (“embodied community”) temple; and the third chapter sketched the preliminary intellectual contours preparatory for mission that would make worship of Kåñëa images possible in the modern world beyond India. These chapters help to frame our central picture in this chapter, namely Bhaktivedanta Manor – a Kåñëa temple northwest of London, an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus throughout the United Kingdom and ISKCON’s U.K. headquarters. In this chapter I will show how the image of Kåñëa enters into and becomes central to a new calculus of negotiations between ideology

Figure 9 Bhaktivedanta Manor, Watford, near London. Photo by Pavel Tomanec.