Diwali
Sunday 3 November 2013

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 7.30pm

Chopda Pujan

5.30pm to 6.30pm
Haveli Assembly Hall

Fireworks Display

8.00pm to 8.30pm
Gibbons Park
(Behind The Swaminarayan School)

Hot Snacks

1.30pm onwards
Food Stalls

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Getting Here

Parking

Ample free parking will be available at The Swaminarayan School, opposite the Mandir.

 

Contact Us

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

In-Person Darshan

Thursday 4 November

9.00am to 8.00pm

Friday 5 November

11.00am to 8.00pm

Saturday 6 November

9.00am to 8.00pm

Sunday 7 November

9.00am to 6.00pm

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    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.