Seasons Greetings from VCSEA

As we draw to the end of 2020, I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank you all on behalf of The Vedic Cultural Society of East Anglia (VCSEA )board of Trustees and Executive members. 

This year has been a year like no other, and it has brought challenges beyond anything we could have imagined or believed. By March, COVID-19 was declared as a pandemic -a global epidemiological crisis by the World Health Organisation. It not only affected the economical and physical aspects of living but also had a huge emotional and psychological impact on people, worldwide. 

We have all been living in an era of communal grief where many people are coming to terms with their individual losses daily, including illness and death due to the coronavirus or loss of employment, business, and similar life situations.

Due to Lockdown and regulations we were unable to offer service through our temple. However in the month of April we had started a virtual trial of Monthly Havan and a weekly Hanuman Chalisa / Bhajan evening via Zoom.In these sessions we celebrated festivals from Janamastmi, Navratri, Diwali to Christmas . We have captured spirit of all these festivals with a Difference.

Recently we are offering Vedic Mantra classes on Sunday evening which are again very much attended with regularity. These sessions are open to all and attended by not only community in UK but across globe ( U.S, Germany, India). The feedback and support to these activities  has been very encouraging in terms of maintaining connections with friends and community despite restrictions.

We endeavour to open the Temple as per guidance once a month and happy to support anyone needing to visit by strictly adhering to the law and guidance.  Kindly contact and book the visit  prior to attending with us and we will be happy to support keeping everyone’s safety as priority..

Going forward in the foreseeable future Zoom/virtual  meetings have been considered  the safest mode of connectivity. We have an unlimited Zoom licence now and if anyone would like to start a group or class for benefit of community must get in touch, so that we can facilitate it to be offered in these locked in moments.

Annual General Meeting AGM  is on Sunday 10th January after monthly havan and the details will be  circulated in a separate email.

I would  like to end my message with this small poem from my pen , which I composed for my book with the same title

“Awakening with Sunrise 

Golden Rays on empty sand Beaches

As if Nature revealing our breaches

A sight so poignant, sad and rare

Calls us to respect, love and care 

Crowning glory of sun spread as liquid red gold

Inspiring us to be hopeful, strong, and bold

These times of test will not stay forever

United we will emerge being stronger

Each zestful sunrise and elegant sunset

Forward Life’s journey for the promises to be kept !!”

Lets stay strong despite the huge challenges.  Wishing everyone a very happy , safe and blessed Christmas and New Year !

Vandana Khurana


Chair and Trustee VCSEA (Vedic Cultural Society of East Anglia)

Reg Charity 1163742

COVID-19 Guidance for the safe use of the temple during the pandemic

Please see attched policy, PHE link below and the main points below, for considertation when visiting the temple.

1. Temple to open every second sunday afternoon for prayers

2. Max of 30 people will be allowed at one time

3. Strict abidance of guidance from PHE, will be followed by attendees

4. In cases where non-adherence to guidance is observed, individuals will be requested to leave the temple.

5. Name and contact details of all attendees at the temple will be required.

Guidance link –

Diwali 2019

We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the auspicious festival of Diwali. We will gather at our temple on 27 October at 15:00 to start the celebrations. The details are –

Please bring a vegetarian dish to share in Prasad, please feel free to bring own fireworks,

Venue – Acle New Road, Great Yarmouth, NR 13 3 QE

Schedule – 15:00-Arrival, 15:15 – Pooja and sangeet, 17:30 – Fireworks, 18:00 Prasad, 18:30 – Finish


Looking forward to seeing you with family and friends at our Temple.

Lohri Celebrations – 13 January 2019

Observed to celebrate the new harvest season. Lohri is the first hindu festival of the year. Essentially termed as the festival of the farmers in Northern India, during lohri farmers thank the almighty for a good harvest and seek blessings for the future. In other parts of the country it is oberved under different names : Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti in Bengal, Bihar and UttarPradesh, Bihu in Assam and Tai Pongal in Kerela.