In the News:
Child's Play Down On the Farm
Posted September 21, 2007
Watch out; kids may fall in love with Tilak. He’s the horse with
a white browmark resembling the painted designs that Hare Krishna
followers wear, in yellow, on their own foreheads. The mark is called
“tilak,” hence the horse’s name.
As for worship, a service (in Czech and Sanskrit) begins at 2 p.m.
every Sunday, and the public is invited. It is quite lengthy, however,
and may not hold a child’s interest, although the instruments are
fascinating: cymbals, harmonium, the mridanga drum and, of course,
voices raised in chant.
The Sunday Feast occurs after the temple service, usually around 4 p.m.
And a feast it is, with devotees and guests picnicking on the grass (in
good weather) as peacocks hoot and caw from the trees above. The
portions are more than generous and flavorful, but not hotly spiced.
Most everything served is grown on the farm and made fresh, including
the paneer, a light curded cheese. For dessert, you may be served a
mouthwatering apple-raisin samosa, lightly dusted with powdered
We would concur.
For preschoolers: Young children can be accommodated, with advance notice, for a half-day of age-appropriate activities including face-painting, bread-making and singing.
For families: Attend the Sunday Feast, arriving at about 3:30 p.m. to catch the end of the temple service, staying on for supper and briefly touring the farm after.
For groups: Eight or more may schedule a ride around the farm in a bullock cart, visit the temple and, on Sunday, stay for the feast.
Cost: A free-will offering is requested; 125 Kč ($6.15) for adults and 75 Kč per child would be appropriate for the feast and a self-tour, a bit more if special arrangements are required.
How to get there: Take the train to Městečko u Benešova, changing at Benešov u Prahy for a short ride to the Městečko station. The farm is 100 meters (325 feet) down the road from this stop. A return trip is three hours.
Reposted from The Prague Post, September 12th, 2007.