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Shree Radha Krishna Mandir, Withington, Manchester, United Kingdom

Address: Gandhi Hall, Brunswick Rd, Withington, Manchester, M20 4QB.
Tel: 0161 445 1134.

Opening Times

Opening Times
AM: 9:00am to 11.30am (Aarti 9.30am)
PM: 5:30pm to 7:30pm (Aarti 7:00pm)
10:30am to 1.30pm (Aarti 1:00pm)

Every Tuesday 6:30pm to 7:00pm:
Sri Hanuman Chalisa Recital

Last Sunday of Every month:
Preeti Bhojan after Aarti

Our History:

Located in Gandhi Hall, Brunswick Road in Withington, a pleasant suburb in South Manchester, Shree Radha Krishna Mandir was the first Hindu temple in Manchester.
It was established in 1969 by the Indian Religious and Charitable Trust, which acquired the current premises for the purpose of establishing a religious and cultural centre for the Indian community in Greater Manchester. The Trust itself was formed to meet a pressing need felt by the Indian community in the 1960s to have a place of its own, where not only they could meet socially, but also worship and celebrate their social and religious functions. So, it was the result of hard work and sacrifices both in terms of time and money that Gandhi hall was acquired and thus, in a corner of the hall, a Shrine with three Deities was established to serve the need of worshippers.
The temple was run by the trust with the help of volunteers, but with the growing activities of the temple, it was felt that it would be better if the temple was run independently of that trust. Thus in 1987-1988 the Hindu Religious Society was formed with it's own constitution, trustees and membership. The temple has since been run by the Society and was named Shree Radha Krishna Mandir.


Shree Radha Krishna Mandir over the years has seen an increase in the number of devotees visiting it as well as the increase in services offered due to the overwhelming requests from the devotees. As a result, the temple was completely renovated in 1995 at considerable cost. Not only the finest quality of material and craftsmanship was used, but five more Deities were also installed in the temple to the delight and rejoice of the devotees.
In 2003, further work was carried out in the temple to create suitable places for Maa Parvatiji and the sthapna of Shiv Linga. Maa Parvatiji was installed alongside Lord Shiva on a special platform which also allowed the installation of the larger Shiv Linga.
In October 2004, a fire gutted Gandhi Hall, but by the grace of God, the Mandir was undamaged apart from the effects of the smoke. The Hindu Religious Society, the Indian Religious and Charitable Trust and the Indian Association of Manchester, worked tirelessly to rebuild Gandhi Hall. It was through their collective efforts as well as the generosity of the Devotees in terms of time and money that Gandhi Hall and the Mandir was re-opened fully in December 2005. Throughout the time that Gandhi Hall was being rebuilt, even though there was no gas central heating in the Mandir throughout the cold winter months, our Shastriji Krishan Chandra Joshji kept the services ongoing at the Mandir and devotees continued to visit.

About Us:

Our Pujari

Shastri Krishan Chandra Joshi was born in Pithoragdh, Uttaranchal, India. He was educated in Hardiwar under the auspices of Swami Satyamitranand Giri of Bharat Mata Mandir, where he qualified with a BA in Sanskrit (Shastri) from the University of Benares. During this time, he was also taught in religious rituals and rites of the Hindu faith and it's teachings and philosophy. Our Shastri provides many different services including Havans, Poojas and Weddings.

The Temple Deities:

Bal Gopal
The child form of Lord Krishna.


Ganesha or (Ganesh) is a god in Hinduism, who has the head an of elephant. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati.
Ganesha is a very popular god of Hindus. Hindu tradition states that Ganesha is a god of wisdom, success and good luck. He is also giver of different types of favours.


Hanuman is sometimes called as Anjaneya, that is, one born of Anjana. He was a devotee of Lord Rama.

Durga Mata

Durga Mata is a form of Devi, the supreme Goddess

Radha Krishna

The incarnation of Lord Vishnu who is thought of as the caretaker of the whole Universe.  The deity of Lord Krishna's consort Radha is stood to his left.

Shiva Linga

Is a form of Lord Shiva and is held in reverence in temples all over the sub continent. The Linga is a symbol.  It is a symbol of that which is invisible yet omnipresent.  It is hence a visible symbol of the Ultimate Reality which is present in us (and in all objects of creation ).
The Shiva Linga denotes the primeval energy of the Creator. It is believed that at the end of all creation, during the great deluge, all of the different aspects of God find a resting place in the Linga; Brahma is absorbed into the right, Vishnu to the left and Gayatri into the heart.

Shiv Parvati

Lord Shiva is known as the destroyer god because he removes all evil from the world.
He has a blue neck because, according to Hindu legend, he swallowed a poison in order to save the universe.
He has three eyes, the third eye is on his forehead. Shiva is one third of the Hindu trinity including Brahma (the Creator) and Vishnu (the Preserver). Lord Shiva lives in the Himalayas. His wife is the goddess Parvati whose deity is to the left of Shiva.

Ram Darbar

Lord Rama was the Seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was a king of ancient India.  His wife was Sita, who is the incarnation of Lakshmi Mata.
The deity of Lord Rama is stood next with his wife Sita on his left and his younger brother Lakshman to his right.

Thank you for visiting the Sri Radha Krishna Mandir website!
Use the links on the left to find out all about your Mandir and how it is run.


Event Date: 
19 January 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
This is being sponsored by Shri Kanti Bhai Vara of Amee Stores.
All are cordially invited.


Event Date: 
5 January 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
This is being sponsored by Family of late Shri Jyoti Prakash.
All are cordially invited.

New Year Havan

Event Date: 
1 January 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
The temple is celebrating new year 2014 with Havan. Time 11-1 pm followed by Preeti bhojan. Havan and Preeti bhojan is being sponsored by Shri Krishan Kumar and smt. Asha and family. New year calender shall be distributed and it is being sponsored by Mrs Neha and Namratta Bedi.
All are cordially invited.


October 2012 - Lord Budha Shrine Relics Tour & Pictures (05 - 07 Oct 2012)

Lord Budha Shrine Relics Tour 5th - 7th October 2012
Shree Radha Krishna Mandir has pleasure in inviting you to attend the public display of relics.
A unique and precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many Buddhist Masters is currently touring the world, with 670 events to date.  A collection of these rare and sacred relics of Buddhist masters will be at public display in Shree  Radha Krishna Mandir, 
On 5, 6 & 7 October 2012
Times:  Friday, 5th October : 5pm Opening Ceremony
Saturday: 10am to 7pm, Sunday: 10am to 5pm

This is a rare opportunity to view the 2,600 year ancient relics, which were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death.

Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.

The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Visitors may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head as a personal blessing.An estimated of 1,627,000 people have received blessing, from around 65 + countries i.e: 
Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, UK , Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatmala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Isreal, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lativa, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, The Netherland., New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Trinidad, USA, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vietnam, Wales and Zimbabwe.
According to Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world.Eventually, the relics will be enshrined in a 150-ft/45-m bronz statue of Maitreya Buddha that is being built in Bodhgaya, northern India.
“The very name ‘Maitri’, that’s loving-kindness. Now in today's world, we really need the promotion of Maitreya, Maitri, loving-kindness. So this is a huge project, right from the beginning, I simply admire those concerned people especially the late Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche really devoted to making this huge statue, and many followers really putting in effort, I really admire and I appreciate.”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
It will be appreciated if the date on which you can attend the exhibition is confirmed by Email tokim.gandhi@virgin.net
Phone: 0161 702 9483, Mob- 0780 170 8878.

October 2012 - Mandir Functions

November 2012 - Functions

Sunday 4th November 2012 - Preeti Bhojan:
After Aarti at 1.00 pm. Sponsored by Drs Savita & KC Aggarwal.

Sunday 11th November 2012 - Preeti Bhojan:
After Aarti at 1.00 pm. Sponsored by Shashi Malhotra.

Tuesday 13th November 2012 - Diwali - Mandir Opening Times:
5.30pm - 7.30pm only.

Sunday 18th November 2012 - Ankut/Govardhan Pooja:
10.30am to 1.30pm. Devotees are requested to ensure that if they bring any cooked food to the Mandir on this day, it must not contain, Hing, Onions or Garlic.

Sunday 25th November 2012 - Preeti Bhojan:
January 2013 - Functions

New Year 2013 Havan - 1st January 2013
New Year's Day Havan:
Havan: 11.30am -12.30pm
Bhajan & Aarti - 12.30pm - 1.00pm
Preeti Bhojan served after Aarti.
Sponsored by Drs Naunit & Vidya Chitkara and Family.
Also New Year's Calenders will be distributed and have been sponsored by Drs Kimti & Pushpa Gandhi and Family.

January 2013 - Mandir Functions

Sunday 20th January 2013 - 11.00am to 1.00pm
Sundar Kanth Paath sponsored by Mr Sunil and Mrs Madhu Kapoor and family.
Preeti Bhojan after Bhog and Aarti at 1.00pm

February 2013 & March 2013 Functions

Satya Narayan Katha 25  February 2013 - 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Starts at 6.30pm with Preeti Bhojan served after Aarti (8.00pm)
Sponsored by Drs Ramesh and Dr Mrs Padmini Gualti and family.
Preeti Bhojan 3  March 2013
Preeti served after Bhog/Aarti at 1.00 pm.
Sponsored by Vitul Patel and Family.

Children's Religious Day - Sunday 7th April 2013 - Thank you to all the Children who participated

The Hindu Religious Society would like to thank all the children who registered and participated in the event.  It was very heart warming to see the enthusisam with which the children particpated in every activity and their behaviour was exemplary.


Children's Religious Day - Sunday 7th April 2013

The Executive Committee are very pleased to announce for the first time a Children's Religious Day dedicated to children and for chlidren to participate in.
The objective of the day is to actively involve children in hindu religious related activities such as Pooja, Havan, bhajan singing, drawing and participating in the Aarti.

Maha-Shivratri - Sunday 10th March 2013

Please note the Mandir will be closed during the day, but open at 8pm in the evening.
Aarti at 9.30pm and 12am.

Children's Next Event - Children's Play on Janashamtmi August 2013 - All names of children who would like to participate in the play by 31st May 2013

The Children's Event's Sub-Committee are pleased to announce our next proposed children's activity which is a Children's Janamashatmi play in August 2013.
Providing there are enough children willing to participate in the play, we propose to present the play on Janashtami 2013.


The Hindu Religious Society has a large membership, approximately 450 members to date and is run by a team of seven Trustees and an annually elected Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice President, General Secretary, four members and two co-opted members.  The treasurer is elected by the Trustees.
The Executive Committee plays and active role in managing all the activities and services offered by the Mandir as well as management of the Mandir itself.  All work is done on a voluntary basis by the committee members. 
The Society's membership is open to all those who believe Hinduism as well as to non Hindus, who may be interested in it.  It has it's own constitution giving full details of it's aims and objectives.

Trustees & Executive Committee:

Trustees: Dr R C Gulati, Mr K Kumar, Mrs M Patel, Mrs R Oza, Dr L Pathak.
Executive Commitee (2013-2014)
President: Dr Kimti Lal Gandhi
Vice President: Mr Anil Mehan
General Secretary: Mr Niranjan Bhatt
Treasurer: Dr Lata Pathak
Executive Commitee Members: Mr Motibhai Patel, Mr Maneet Kapoor, Mr Dinesh Maheshwari and Mr Vijay Gupta.

 Address: Gandhi Hall, Brunswick Rd, Withington, Manchester, M20 4QB.
Tel: 0161 445 1134.

Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees   and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection)

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