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.
Open all day until 8.30pm
6.00pm to 7.30pm
Haveli Assembly Hall
8.30pm to 9.00pm
(Behind The Swaminarayan School)
Ample free parking will be available at Euro Car Parts (old site at Fulton Road, HA9 0TF) and Unisys (next to Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, NW10 0RG), with shuttle services operating from 5.00pm onwards.
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 7pm. The service will return from the Mandir to Neasden Station every 8 minutes until 9.30pm.
If you are coming to the Mandir by public transport please use the widget below from Transport for London
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: [email protected]
Open all day until 8pm
Chopda Pujan & Sabha
5.15pm to 7.10pm
Haveli Assembly Hall
7.50pm to 8.15pm
Gibbons Park, behind The Swaminarayan School
12 noon onwards
Diwali Village, in The Swaminarayan School grounds
Wheelchair access and lifts available
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.