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Store Closure

Gandharva Loka closed for two weeks – April 2014

Kindly note…

Gandharva Loka will be closed for 2 weeks from Tuesday the 8th of April and will resume regular hours from Wednesday the 23rd of April.

We are taking our annual meditation retreat and also doing some instrument shopping in Morocco.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you all once we return.

Prasasta and Vajin
Gandharva Loka, Christchurch

Christmas and New Year Hours

Extended Christmas Hours

  • Saturday 21st December 10am–4pm and 5pm–8pm
  • Sunday 22nd December 10am–4pm
  • Monday 23rd December 10am–4pm
  • Tuesday 24th December 10am–4pm

Normal Hours

  • Thursday 26th December 11am–3pm
  • Friday 27th December 11–3pm (not open in the evening)
  • Saturday 28th December 11–3pm


  • Sunday 29th December to Monday 6th January – Closed

Open As Normal

  • From Tuesday 7th January

The team at Gandharva Loka wishes everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Upcoming Concert and One-Day Closure in October

Concert: Music and Mantras

Thursday October 3 – Evening
Enjoy the soul-stirring melodies of composer and spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, performed by his students. From the pure sounds of Bengal and English plainchant to dynamic musical arrangements, the evening will offer a diverse selection of music and mantra, inundating listeners with a heightened sense of inner tranquility and well-being. For more details, please pick up a brochure from The Lotus-Heart or Gandharva Loka at 363 St Asaph Street in Christchurch, or call (03) 377 1327.

Store Closure

Friday October 11
Gandharva Loka and The Lotus-Heart will be closed on Friday October 11 for the day as we observe the passing of our meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy on that date in 2007. We will resume our regular business hours from Saturday October 12 onwards.


August 2012 Extended Hours and Closures

Temporary Sunday Hours

Gandharva Loka in Christchurch is normally closed on Sundays but we will be open on the following Sundays from 12 noon until 3 pm: July 29, August 5 and 12.

August Closure Dates

Gandharva Loka in Christchurch will be closed from Thursday August 16 and will reopen on Friday August 31.

Gandharva Loka closed: 6.3 earthquake hits Christchurch!

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Christchurch has been hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake this afternoon (Tuesday February 22, 2011) just before 1 pm – a shallow and close quake that has devastated an already battered city. This time many lives have been lost. Our heart’s sympathy and oneness goes out to our fellow Cantabrians. This is a trying time for everyone.

Gandharva Loka’s managers, Vajin and Prasasta Armstrong, are both safe and well. We will not be trading for some time – certainly not from the current store which is still standing but will have to be demolished. It is all an unknown at the moment but we will be back.

Many thanks to all those who have been enquiring and sending messages of concern, sympathy and support. Canterbury needs your prayers and goodwill at the moment.

From the ruins, newness will emerge.

Gandharva Loka: the world music storeWhile Gandharva Loka in Christchurch is closed (and at this stage, we will be closed for a few months), if you are looking for world instrument we do recommend that you visit the website for the Gandharva Loka stores in Europe – we are sure that they would love to help you. For anything non-urgent please let us know what you are after and we can contact you once we are up and running again.

While we wait for our insurance claims to be settled and new instruments to arrive, we will take this opportunity to travel and find our music-loving customers a great new range of high quality musical instruments from all over the world. By Christmas we do hope to have a new Gandharva Loka world music store open here in beautiful Christchurch. We will be posting updates on this blog and also through The Gandharva Loka Newsletter which we invite you to subscribe to if you haven’t already done so.

With warmest regards,
Vajin and Prasasta.
Gandharva Loka, Christchurch.

Vajin and Prasasta Armstrong

Gandharva Loka closed October 23, 24 and 25, 2010

Gandharva Loka Open – not!Just another wee note to let everyone know that Gandharva Loka Christchurch will be closed for the three days of Labour Day weekend – musical instruments from around the world. October 23rd, 24th, and 25th. We are having a little break and heading to the balmy climes of Auckland for the long weekend. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but rest assured, Gandharva Loka will be open for business on Tuesday the 26th of October and we look forward to seeing you then.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Labour Day weekend holiday.

Vajin and Prasasta
Gandharva Loka

Gandharva Loka closed Monday October 11, 2010

Gandharva Loka Open – not!Just a short note to let everyone know that Gandharva Loka in Christchurch will be closed on Monday October the 11th. As the managers and staff of Gandharva Loka are all students of the spiritual Master Sri Chinmoy, we are having the day off to commemorate the third anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s passing on October the 11th, 2007. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but Gandharva Loka does return to normal hours the following day, Tuesday October the 12th, and we look forward to seeing you then…!

Vajin and Prasasta
Gandharva Loka