Diwali
Tuesday 13 November 2012

Diwali is one of the most important and colourful festivals of the Hindu calendar. It is a time when charity, goodwill, family values and the love of God are celebrated and reinforced.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, hosts the largest Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations in the country. Open to one and all, the celebrations are an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the traditions, colours and rich culture of the Hindu faith.

Darshan

Open all day until 9.00pm

Chopda Pujan

6.00pm to 7.15pm
Haveli Assembly Hall

Fireworks Display

8.30pm to 9.00pm
The Swaminarayan School Grounds

Hot Snacks

5.00pm onwards
Food Stalls

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Getting Here

Parking

Special arrangements have been made at Wembley Stadium's Yellow Car Park. Shuttle buses from there to the Mandir will be in operation from 4.00pm onwards.

Public Transport

Bus 206 and 224 will operate their normal service.

 

TfL will operate shuttle buses from Neasden Station to the Mandir. These will commence at 4pm and operate every 10 minutes until 5.30pm, then increase to every 8 minutes until 8pm. The service will return from the Mandir to Neasden Station every 8 minutes until 10pm.

 

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Contact Us

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
105-119 Brentfield Road
Neasden, London NW10 8LD, UK
T: +44 (0)20 8965 2651
F: +44 (0)20 8965 6313
E: info@londonmandir.baps.org

Visitor Information

Darshan

Open all day until 8pm

Chopda Pujan & Sabha

5pm to 7pm
Haveli Assembly Hall

Fireworks Display

8.15pm to 8.45pm
Gibbons Park, behind The Swaminarayan School

Hot Snacks

12 noon onwards
Diwali Village, in The Swaminarayan School grounds

Accessibility

Wheelchair access and lifts available

Visitor Guidelines

Learn More

    Diwali is often referred to as the ‘Festival of Light’, and is traditionally marked by placing decorated oil lamps (each called a (‘deepa’) in rows (‘avali’) – hence the Sanskrit name, ‘Deepavali’.

    This practice can be traced to the return of Bhagwan Rama to Ayodhya after vanquishing the evil King Ravana. The people of Ayodhya celebrated his return by lining the streets with oil lamps and decorating their front yards with colourful patterned designs (called a rangoli).

    Diwali thus celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is a reminder to dispel inner darkness with the light of God’s presence.